Lesson Plan

Why are the polar bears being put in jail?

Lesson on climate change and the polar bears of the Canadian Arctic
Amy B.
Classroom teacher
South Park Elementary Center
South Park, PA
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

Read and comprehend a nonfiction text

Understand the meaning of new vocabulary words

Begin to understand climate change and the results

Think critically about how the melting arctic is affecting the polar bears and the people in the Canadian Arctic

Subjects
English Language Arts
Science
Grades 4 - 5
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1 Hook

Show students the video: "Climate change: Earth's giant game of tetris."  The video is only 2:49 long and will give the students a quick preview of how climate change is affecting the earth.  Ted Ed describes this video as,

"There's a game of Tetris happening on a global scale: The playing space is planet Earth, and all those pesky, stacking blocks represent carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas that is piling up ever more rapidly as we burn the fossil fuels that run our cars, factories and power plants. Joss Fong outlines how this overload of CO2 leads to climate change and reminds us that, unlike Tetris, we won't get an opportunity to start over and try again."

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/climate-change-earth-s-giant-game-of-tetris-jo...

 

 

2 Direct Instruction

ThinkCERCA
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Go to: https://learn.thinkcerca.com/teacher/lessons/quickcercalessons  and search for grades 4-5 and then click on the article "Polar Bear Jails are Filling Up in the Melting Arctic."

Explain (or review)  how to preview a nonfiction piece of text.  Review bold words, headings, pictures, and captions.  Help students come up with some predictions and questions they have about the text.  Review New Vocabulary Words with the students.  Read the first paragraph and model how to take notes, underline, and look for answers while reading. 

3 Guided Practice

ThinkCERCA
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Go to: https://learn.thinkcerca.com/teacher/lessons/quickcercalessons  and search for grades 4-5 and then click on the article "Polar Bear Jails are Filling Up in the Melting Arctic."

Show the article: "Polar Bear Jails are Filling Up in the Melting Arctic" on the SMART board or projector.  If you don't have either, print the article out and pass out to the class.  This particular article has the option to listen to it being read or reading it on your own.  Read or listen to the article as a class.  The vocabulary words are highlighted and you can see their definitions just by clicking on them.

https://learn.thinkcerca.com/lessons/1070/lesson_step

4 Independent practice

ThinkCERCA
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Students should read the text again independently.  This time they will be taking their own notes, checking predictions or writing down questions they still have on sticky notes. 

Once students have indpendently read the article, sign into THINKCERCA (the free version) and you can see the full lesson with the comprehension questions that go along with this article. 

https://learn.thinkcerca.com/lessons/1070/lesson_step

Students should answer the comprehension questions on either a computer or an iPad independently.  If that is not available, it can be done as a class on the SMART board or you could print them out for each student if necessary.  The article is next to the questions so encourage the students to go back into the article to look for the answers.

 

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Conversing

Facitliate a class discussion around the question: "How is climate change affecting both polar bears and people in the Canadian Arctic?"

What other questions did the students come up with while reading?  Ask and facilitate discussion through a few more of their questions.