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Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Engineer

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/6
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1

Labs: Launch Stage - Engineer

Learning target: 

  • I can identify the elements of an ideal pollinator garden for my classroom or school.
  • I can design an ideal pollinator garden for my classroom or school.

Purpose:

  • Students are introduced to the purpose, materials, and task of the Engineer Lab.

  • Students are introduced to the common pollinators and pollinator plants of their geographic region.

In advance:

Storytime

  • Review the Labs song.
  • Post: Focus question (optional).

Setting Goals 

  • Post: Guiding question and learning target(s) for the Lab students will be launching that day (see detailed plans for each Lab on the pages that follow).

In the Lab

  • Research the common pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants of your geographic region. Consider using online resources such as http://www.pollinator.org/guides.

  • Print photographs of local pollinator-friendly plants for students to reference as they complete their design.

  • Consider forming new Lab groups based on students’ progress, strengths, and needs as exhibited in the Module 3 Labs.

  • Form partnerships within each Lab group. Prepare workstations by placing the following at each for each partnership:

  • Paper, pencils, and colored pencils

  • Photographs of local pollinator-friendly plants

  • Model design of a pollinator garden

  • Pollinator Garden Checklist (see additional materials)

Reflect on Learning

  • Post: Sentence frames or picture clues for any reflection questions you will use regularly (optional).

Materials:

Storytime

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Text for Storytime (chosen by teacher)

Setting Goals

  • Labs notebook (new; one per student and one for teacher modeling)

  • Pencils (one per student)

  • Learning target(s) (one to display for each Lab; see Launch Stage: At-a-Glance for the specific targets for each Lab)

Engineer Lab

  • Local Pollinators and Pollinator-Friendly Plants anchor chart (new; teacher-created; see additional materials)

  • Local Pollinators and Pollinator-Friendly Plants anchor chart (example, for teacher reference)

  • Pollinator Garden Checklist (one per pair and one to display)

  • Model design of a pollinator garden (one per pair and one to display)

  • Photographs of local pollinator-friendly plants (one set per pair)

  • Paper (legal size; one piece per student)

  • Pencil (one per student)

  • Colored pencils (variety of colors; one cup to share per pair)

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Labs notebook (one for teacher modeling and one per student)