Teaching & Learning: Curriculum - English Language Learners
LIVING THINGS AND LIFE CYCLES
Grades 1-5 English Language Learners
Intended Grades: K 1 2 3 4 5
In this unit, ELL students will identify physical characteristics of animals, using observation and other senses. In addition, students will classify and compare animal features, habitats, and foods. They will recognize that animals change through growth/development, seasonal changes, and over time through adaptation. Oral language demands of the unit will include listing, description, comparison, contrast, sequencing, and predicting.
The unit is designed for introduction in the fall, returning in the spring to note cycles of change and concepts such as migration and hibernation. The topic of animals is also conducive to research activities and may correspond to district expectations for writing and presenting a research topic.
Animals Change Essential Questions
Animals Change Culminating Unit Performance Assessment
Individually or in pairs, students will prepare charts to answer their own questions about animals. They will describe the information on the charts to demonstrate how an animal changes (life cycle, seasonal, adaptation, other).
Animals and Their Life Cycles Essential Questions
Animals and Their Life Cycles Culminating Unit Performance Assessment
The children will make a poster or diorama of an animal(s) in their habitat. Within a small group, paired students will orally compare and contrast their studied animals. Students will write a summary using descriptive sentences that describes the animal, its characteristics and its ability to function and survive in its environment. Students will incorporate content vocabulary within their assessment.
Plants and Their Life Cycles Essential Questions
Plants and Their Life Cycles Culminating Unit Performance Assessment
The children will create plant journals to record their plant growth and observations. In addition, working in pairs, they will create a fictional story about the life of a plant told from the plant's perspective.
The below audio presentation was adapted from a (big book) story, Rain, by Manya Stojic.
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