Lesson Plan


Students will learn about owls
Kathy L.
Classroom teacher
Waggoner Elementary School
Winters, CA
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

LS1.A:  Structure and Function

All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow. (1-LS1-1)

LS1.B:  Growth and Development of Organisms

Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive. (1-LS1-2) 

Students will be able to write a non-fiction piece to demonstrate their knowledge of the above standards.

English Language Arts
Grades 1
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Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Create a chart with students where they list what they think they know about owls and what they want to learn.

2 Hook 2

Activity: Other — YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkFSJrNBsDE

Students will listen to a song about owls.  They will listen twice.  The first time they will just listen and the second time they will follow along.  This song will be used throughout the lesson unit for brain breaks and transitions.



3 Direct Instruction

Reading A-Z
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Students will read, at their own level, books about owls. Reading A-Z has non-fiction books about owls at three reading levels. Students will take notes as they read using a graphic organizer.

4 Guided Drawing

Activity: Drawing

Teacher will read a story called The Barn Owls.  Following this the students will participate in a guided drawing of an owl using oil pastels and blue liquid watercolor. While the students draw the teacher and the students discuss the physical charactistics of an owl.

5 Independent Practice

Activity: Other — Sandiegozoo.org

Using their iPads, students will explore the life of the great horned owl on Sandiegozoo.org 

6 Guided Practice

Activity: Other — It really is tech! Kidwings.com

Using a Chromebook, students will participate in a virtual owl pellet dissection.

Then they will watch an owl pellet dissection video before dissecting their own owl pellet.


After dissecting their owl pellet, the students will sort and glue their bones to a graphic organizer, similar to the one in the video.

7 Writing

Activity: Creating

Students will use their graphic organizers and new knowledge to write a non-fiction piece about owls.

They will edit these pieces with the high school peer tutors.

8 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will present their pieces in small groups.