Lesson Plan

Using Evidence to Draw Conclusions

Students will learn to use evidence as the basis of research by drawing clear and appropriate conclusions supported by evidence and examples
Tracey W.
Media specialist/librarian
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will know and be able to:  provide evidence to support their conclusions and analyze nutrition labels in order to determine which food item is healthier.

Social Studies
Grades 10
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1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

Librarian models how to compare two nutrition labels using example of sugar coated cereal versus toasted oat cereal. (Students have already had a lesson on how to read a nutrition label.)

2 Mini & Guided

Librarian compares how much saturated fat, sodium and sugar each has as well as examining whether each food item has significant amounts of fiber and vitamins/minerals.

Librarian writes her conclusion in assessment: “Toasted oat cereal is a healthier choice compared to sugar-coated cereal.” Under “Evidence” she records that the oat cereal has more fiber as well as less sugar. Under examples, she records the amount of sugar and fiber each has.

Student Instructions

Students compare in pairs or groups, nutrition labels of chips and pretzels. Together, they reach a conclusion and record evidence and examples that support this conclusion.

3 Independent

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Librarian promotes exploration. Students are told to use  nutrition labels for a plain potato and French fries.

Librarian circulates, prompting students to discuss their findings and cite evidence from the labels to support their conclusions.

Student Instructions

Students record their conclusion, evidence and examples on a third assessment.

Students  use the article “Look at the Label – Please” as a reminder of what are healthy and unhealthy components of foods.(Read in previous class.)

Students create Prezi illustrating their findings.

4 Closing

Activity: Presenting

For differentiation librarian will use:

  • Increased font size for students who may have difficulty reading small print.
  • Chart provided for students to more easily compare food pairs.
Student Instructions

Students share their conclusions and evidence.Exit ticket: Think about one healthy change you could make in your diet based on what you’ve learned today.