1. Topic-
Basic needs for plants and animals
2. Content-
S4.B.1.1.3: Describe basic needs of plants and animals (e.g., air, water, food).

Students will be able to know that animals and plants need certain things to survive. Animals need air, water, food, shelter, and habitat to survive. Plants needs air, water, sunlight, and soil to survive.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Students will be able to identify the basic needs of plants.
2. Students will be able to identify the basic needs of animals.
4. Objectives-
1. Given materials, students will able to draw a picture of a plant receiving their basic needs.
2. Given a seed, students will be able to care for their plant.
5. Materials and Aids-
smart board
cut flower
food coloring
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Show the video www.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids to grab their attention
2. Ask students to talk about what animals need to live
3. Just like animals, plants need basic items to survive and that is what we are going to talk about today!

B. Development-

1. I will explain how plants grow with water, sun, air, and soil.
2. I will show the video, "How do plants grow? from HooplaKidzTV on youtube
3. In front of the class, I will try the experiment shown at the end of the video where I take food coloring and put it in a vase. The food coloring will then be sucked up by the flower changing the color. This shows how water helps the plant to grow.

C. Practice-

1. It is now time for the students to show me what they have learned about the basic needs of plants! I will ask for volunteers to give one basic need of a plant.
2. Students will then get a blank piece of paper and will draw a plant growing with all of the basic needs.
3. Students will then show their drawing to me (formative assessment) and when I give the okay they will begin their own experiments!

D. Independent Practice-

1. Students will need to take the materials given to them, a cup, soil, a seed, and water.
2. Students will take all objects and give the seed all of the basic needs required to grow.
3. Students will start and maintain the growth of their plant. We will observe the plants every day.
Formative assessment- I will go around and monitor and observe the students progress in creating their plant environment.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

ESL learners and/or students with special needs will be given one to one instruction during drawing the plant picture and planting the seed. For any student that may need more help, I will assign a class "buddy" to help them during this process. The students will not be required to complete the homework and instead will work the teacher or support teacher to ensure understanding.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. I will be checking for understanding throughout the lesson by asking questions and observing the students.
2. Each student will have homework in which they write the story of a seed taken through the steps to become a plant with all of the basic needs for survival!

G. Closure-

1. I will summarize what we learned today about growing plants and ask for student volunteers to show their pictures and explain.
2. I will explain the homework assignment of writing a story about a seed growing into a plant. I will also tell the students that we will be caring for and observing our plants for the next few weeks. They will then be able to take their plants home.
7. Evaluation-
1. I will evaluate their writing pieces and check to make sure each student has an understanding of what a plant needs to grow.
2. I will observe students over the next few weeks to see how they care for their plants and help them to observe and record the daily growth of their plants.
8. Teacher Reflection-
After the lesson, I will take notes of anything that did not work and ideas of how I can improve this lesson for next time. I will also evaluate whether the students completed the desired objectives and if not, I will plan another lesson teaching the same topic.

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