With animation, interactivity, and sound effects, Starting with Soil demonstrates how plants and animals cooperate to make the soil we need to grow healthy food. Kids learn that soil starts with bare rock and discover how long it takes nature to make one inch of topsoil. (Spoiler alert: it takes 500 years!) Different chapters convey the importance of pollinators and the critical roles animals, the weather, microorganisms, and cover crops play in organic farming. Designed for students ages 7-9, Starting with Soil allows users to plant seeds, build a compost pile, drag a microscope over different organisms in soil to get a better look, and view the symbiosis at work when corn, beans, and squash are planted together.
This is a lesson plan and worksheet on using titles and headings to understand non-fiction text, and make predictions.
This lesson likens titles and headings and titles to roadsigns (they tell you where you are going and what is next) and has an accompanying worksheet for students to complete to show their understanding of how a text is organized under headings, and how to use them to make predictions or find specific information.
English Language Learning (ELL)
English Language Arts
Use developmentally appropriate reading, listening, and viewing strategies to make meaning Recognize how different texts reflect different purposes. Recognize text features and strategies to use them.
Core Competency: Communication
I can summarize key ideas in text.
I can present information in an organized way.
I can acquire information and interpret text, using headings and titles.
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