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Bridgewater College

Education Department Lesson Plan


Date and Title of Lesson: Subject Area(s): Science VA: SOL(s) 5.5c

Name: Sarah Miller

1/9/12 and 1/10/12 Vascular and Nonvascular Plants Grade Level(s)/Course: 5th

The student will investigate and understand that organisms are made of cells and have distinguishing characteristics. Key concepts include a) basic cell structures and functions; b) kingdoms of living things; c) vascular and nonvascular plants d) vertebrates and invertebrates.

Content Objective(s) As a result of this experience, the students will be able to identify characteristics of both vascular and nonvascular plants, showing that they understand the differences.

IEP Goal/Objective: N/A


Accommodations/Differentiation

Summative Assessment (based on objectives) I will observe how well the students understand the content while teaching and check for understanding by circulating the room during independent practice.

I will do some individual reteaching as necessary for those who didnt get it.

Materials Interactive Notes Highlighter Pen Venn Diagram handout Elmo document projector SMART board Computer Integration of Technology Elmo document projector for notes, S SMART board for picture and document display, Computer for pictures on PowerPoint
Accommodations/ Differentiation Time Planned

Anticipatory Set (Focus)

Today we will learn more in-depth about vascular and nonvascular plants

30 sec

Access/Review Prior Knowledge After the students take a couple minutes to review previous class discussion notes on the plant kingdom (Para. 3 on p. 92), they will close their binders and I will the following questions that they should know the answers to: 1. What is special about vascular plants? 2. What is one example of a vascular plant? 3. How do nonvascular plants survive? 4. What is one example of a nonvascular plant? 5. Unlike animals, how do plants reproduce? 6. Also unlike animals, what allows plants to make their own food? 7. Are plants producers, consumers, or decomposers? I will reward those who give correct responses with a piece of candy. Topic presentation Interactive notes I will read and discuss with the class notes on vascular and nonvascular plants (p. 100), explaining in detail what the information means. This includes, as a class, highlighting key parts that they will need for the following activity and as a study guide. I will then show some pictures of each kind and ask if/where they have seen any of them. Ask if there are any (other) questions on what we have just learned. Modeling, Guided Practice I will do an example for each section on the Venn Diagram handout that they are to complete. They will follow along and record the same thing. Checking for Understanding (Formative Evaluation) Independent Practice The students will compare and contrast vascular and nonvascular plants by filling out a Venn Diagram. I will walk around the classroom to see how each student is doing on this activity. It will be collected and graded. As they finish, they can review alone or with a classmate who is also done. If students do not finish, they will need to do so for homework.

The TLC teacher will be in the classroom to give extra assistance to the students she works with.

5-10 minutes

Time 20 minutes

3-5 minutes

10-15 minutes

Closure Today, we learned that vascular and nonvascular plants are similar by with the characteristic of reproducing, but they have distinct differences such as tubes for carrying water. Make sure you have in your planners to study vascular and nonvascular plants for ten minutes.

1 min