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Nature Reflections: Interactive Language Practice for English-Language Learners

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • In A Nutshell by Joseph Anthony (Dawn Publications, 1999)

  • Butcher paper

  • Clipboards

  • Colored pencils

  • Colorful yarn

  • Hole puncher

  • Tape recorder and blank cassettes

  • Writing paper

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  • Peer Feedback Form

  • Book Format

  • Nature Quotations

  • Book Rubric
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    1. Make preparations to take the class to a green area, either as a field trip (walking or by bus) or within the school grounds. This area could be a park, a part of the schoolyard that has plants growing, or a local garden.

    2. Obtain and familiarize yourself with In A Nutshell by Joseph Anthony. Practice reading it aloud.

    3. Make copies of the Peer Feedback Form for students to use. The form includes two review areas on a page and can be cut if you choose. You will need enough so that two students can review each book. Make one copy of the Book Rubric and the Nature Quotations handout for each student.

    4. Gather butcher paper and tape, blank letter-sized paper for student books, yarn, colored pencils, clipboards, a tape recorder, and blank tapes. You should also get some leaves from various plants and trees (including an acorn if you can find one) to share with students (see Session 1, Step 1).

    5. Prepare a sample book using two sheets of letter-sized paper. Fold each paper in half from top to bottom and place one inside the other. Use a hole puncher to make two or three holes at the folded edge, then tie yarn through the holes. Write page numbers on each page, starting with the third page (right after the cover).

    6. Copy the text from the Book Format handout in large letters onto butcher paper. You may choose to make the format bilingual if it is appropriate for your class setting.

    7. You may choose to teach the ReadWriteThink lesson "Peer Edit with Perfection: Teaching Effective Peer-Editing Strategies" so students gain experience in giving and using peer feedback.

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