Suggested Big Ideas:

Grades PK–K (Ages 4–5) Q4

The following experiences with technology and digital resources are examples of learning activities students might engage in during PK–K (ages 4–5):
  1. Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth, such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)

Suggested Themes
Earth Day (April 22)
Arbor day (April 26)
Animal Life Cycles
Insects
New Plants
Easter/Spring (Bunnies, Eggs)
Environment
Weather


Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making Science Integration


Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth, such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)

Lesson Title
Description/Learning Target
Application
Files
Animal Studies
  • Students will use internet to gather information about an animal
  • Students will complete a graphic organizer with factual information about an animal
Description:
This lesson describes how to use selected fiction and nonfiction literature and careful questioning techniques to help students identify factual information about animals. Children first identify possible factual information from works of fiction which are read aloud, then they listen to read-alouds of nonfiction texts to identify and confirm factual information. This information is then recorded on charts and graphic organizers. Finally, students use the Internet to gather additional information about the animal and then share their findings with the class. The lesson can be used as presented to find information about ants or can be easily adapted to focus on any animal of interest to students. Resources are included for ants, black bears, fish, frogs and toads, penguins, and polar bears.
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Animal Studies Lesson Plan
Life Cycle Unit
  • Students will learn about life cycles
  • Students will generate questions
  • Students will compare and contrast life cycles
Description:
This is a 9 Week unit about frog, butterfly and human life cycles. This unit can be easily adapted for grades K-2.
Active Inspire
Life Cycle Unit Plan



Animals
in Habitats

Kidspiration
Students will place animals
in a choice of four habitats
Students will open a program
on the desktop and access the
appropriate template
Description:After reading varied
library books about habitats, students
add appropriate animals to biomes on
the template.
Students may also follow up by using
the writing application in Kidspiration

Creativity and Innovation Writing Integration

Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth, such as the life cycles of plants and animals. (1,3,4)

Lesson Title
Description/Learning Target
Application
Files
From Fact to Fiction-Drawing and Writing Stories
  • Students will research an animal
  • Students will write a realistic fiction story
  • Students will use a venn diagram to organize information
Description:
Getting children to use their imaginations when writing a story can sometimes be difficult. Drawing, however, can create a bridge between the ideas in a child's head and the blank piece of paper on the desk. In this lesson, students use factual information gathered from the Internet as the basis for creating a nonfiction story. Story elements, including setting, characters, problem, solution, and endings, are then used as a structure for assembling students' ideas into a fiction story.
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Lesson Plan
Writing Reports in Kindergarten-Yes!
  • Students will write a report
  • Students will explore a variety of multimedia
Description:
This lesson provides three types of reports that can be written and shared by kindergarten students. These reports allow young students to see themselves as writers with important information to share with others. In the first report, students report what they’ve learned about an apple using all five senses by completing a simple report form. In the second activity, they explore a variety of nonfiction media about animals of their choice. After they write journal pages recording simple information about the animals, completed pages are stapled together, and students create clay representations of their selected animals. In the final report, students use facts they have researched to create and share original riddles about selected animals.
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Lesson Plan
Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction
  • Students will formulate questions
  • Students will collaborate on writing
Description:
This research project is designed for primary students to engage in nonfiction text, in both print and digital format. Students begin by formulating questions on a subject (in this case, weather), then classify questions into topic areas. After grouping students by topic areas and assigning a question previously generated, students engage in nonfiction text to answer the question. Combining question with answer, students construct sentences that are then combined with others in their topic group to form a "report" (paragraph length). The group then creates an illustration to reflect the topic and publishes it in the chosen format (print or digital).
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Lesson Plan