Lesson Plan

Find the Perfect Pet

What makes a perfect pet? What characteristics does it have? What are some kinds of different pets?
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to determine facts while reading and use them to answer questions. SWBAT differentiate between living and nonliving characteristics. SWBAT determine direction in text reading. SWBAT maintain a one to one word match.

English Language Arts
Grades Pre-K – 1
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1 Hook - Look at the Perfect Pet

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My daughter asked me for a pet and I said "yes." I was so excited  I stopped at the store on the way home from work and got her a pet rock. I thought, "This is great! I don't have to feed it or walk it or worry if we don't come home on time." So I bought a pet ladybug and took it home and showed her and she cried! She said, "Mom, I want a living pet. You got me a non-living pet."  I'm hoping you can help me find the perfect pet for my daughter to make her happy. Read aloud PebbleGo e-book about living and nonliving characteristics.

Student Instructions

SWBAT work in pairs and create T chart of characteristics of living and nonliving things. What can living things do? What are features or traits of non living things?

2 Direct Instruction (Reading ) and Guided Practice and Independent Practice

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Teacher will read an e-book about a pet. Teacher will introduce facts. Facts are something you know is true. It is always true and does not change from person to person. Teacher models using facts to answer questions.  Facts can be found by using the 5Ws and 1H to answer questions we may have. "Living things  need food and water. A cat uses food and water. A cat is a living pet."

Student Instructions

Scholars will read e-books in the science PebbleGo section on  animals and living/nonliving things in order to use facts to answer questions. Scholars will use bubble charts to organize their facts. Work can be scaffolded by having lower functioning children work with higher children in pairs. Facts will then be transferred digitally to Popplet for pair and share accountable talk.

Use : http://nycdoe.libguides.com/c.php?g=65930&p=425392     Assessment 1.4 Using Facts to Answer Questions

3 Share Out & Assessment

Activity: Presenting

Teacher will prompt wrap up by asking students to share out verbally and with their digital projects. With lower students, the project can be read aloud. However, higher functioning students can articulate with visual prompting and answer questions

Student Instructions

Students will continue to use accountable talk. They will show how facts indicate whether something is living or nonliving.