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Lesson Planning Form for Accessible Instruction Calvin College Education Program

Teacher Laura DeGroot


April 8, 2015

Subject/ Topic/ Theme

Valleys- Lesson Four

Grade ____Second_____

I. Objectives
How does this lesson connect to the unit plan?
This lesson will teach on Valleys which is one of the 5 landforms that the students need to know
cognitiveR U Ap An E C*

Learners will be able to:




List the landforms weve learned so far (mountains, plains, hills, valleys)
Give a definition of a valley
Know where Valleys are located (between two mountains or hills)
List types of plants and animals found in valleys
Say type of weather that occurs in valleys
Describe how rivers are formed in valleys
Work efficiently with a partner

Common Core standards (or GLCEs if not available in Common Core) addressed:
E.SE.02.21 Describe the major landforms of the surface of the Earth (mountains, plains, plateaus, valleys, hills).

Speaking and Listening Standards K5 1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade
2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g.,
gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts
under discussion). b. Build on others talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others. c. Ask
for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
(Note: Write as many as needed. Indicate taxonomy levels and connections to applicable national or state standards. If an objective applies to particular learners
write the name(s) of the learner(s) to whom it applies.)
*remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, create

II. Before you start

Identify prerequisite
knowledge and skills.

Students will need to know what mountains and hills are

They will need to be able to read and write
Pre-assessment (for learning):

Face feature activity

Review of terminology
Outline assessment
(applicable to this lesson)

What barriers might this

lesson present?
What will it take
emotionally, etc., for your
students to do this lesson?

Formative (for learning):

I will assess students as they help me with the demonstration and by their predictions/observations
Formative (as learning):

Students will assess themselves by seeing if their predictions were correct or not
Summative (of learning):
Valley worksheet
Provide Multiple Means of
Provide options for perceptionmaking information perceptible

Provide Multiple Means of

Action and Expression
Provide options for physical actionincrease options for interaction


Partner work on the worksheet

Provide Multiple Means of

Provide options for recruiting
interest- choice, relevance, value,
authenticity, minimize threats
Mountain rain model

Provide options for language,

mathematical expressions, and
symbols- clarify & connect

Provide options for expression and

communication- increase medium
of expression

Provide options for sustaining

effort and persistence- optimize
challenge, collaboration, masteryoriented feedback

Prediction/observation worksheet
Mountain rain model


Partner work

Provide options for

comprehension- activate, apply &

Provide options for executive

functions- coordinate short & long
term goals, monitor progress, and
modify strategies

Provide options for self-regulationexpectations, personal skills and

strategies, self-assessment &

Listing the landforms weve

learned so far

I will correct each students

worksheet and give it back to them
so they can see what they got

End of lesson worksheet

Students will understand that

this information might appear
on other worksheets and they
are expected to know the
Materials-what materials
(books, handouts, etc) do
you need for this lesson
and are they ready to use?

Mountain/valley model
Spray bottle

Students will be seated for most of the time.

During the demonstration they will be gathered around the table
How will your classroom
be set up for this lesson?

III. The Plan




Describe teacher activities

student activities
for each component of the lesson. Include important higher order thinking questions and/or
I will review what the words feature and landform
Students will tell me what the words mean
I will review the landforms we have learned so far- Students will tell me what three landforms we have
mountain, plain, hill
learned so far
I will show the picture of a two mountains and ask
students if they know where the valley is. I will
confirm or correct their answers
Now feel your face. Which part of your face
might represent a valley?
Students will add their own input
Since students might not realize that they have to
open their mouths to find the valley I will give
them a little extra help and time
I will give the definition of a valley A valley is an
area over very low land between two mountains or
two hills.




(the largest
component or
main body of
the lesson)

For this lesson you guys are going to be scientists.

Part of a scientists job is to predict what will
happen to things.
On your sheet of paper I want you to predict what
will happen if it rains on the mountains and in the
valley. Where do you think the rain will go?
(I ask a volunteer to use a spray bottle to make it
rain on my model.. the water will collect in the
valley to form a river)

Students will be given time to write down


Now you guys have to say if your prediction was

correct or incorrect. If it was incorrect, tell me what
actually happened. Tell me what you observed. Did
the water flow up the mountain or down? Did it
from a river or sink into the ground?
I will give students time to write


Good job! This is what scientists do. They make

predictions. After their predictions they do an
experiment. Then they have to decide if their
prediction was correct. What ways were our
predictions correct or incorrect?


When we sprayed the mountain we saw that the

water went down the mountain and formed a river
in the valley. Most of the time there is a river in the
valley that is formed from water coming off the
What do you think will happen if it rains a lot at
one time?
Yes, a flood! People who live in valleys have to
be very careful and build their houses in a certain
way so that the floods dont hurt their houses.



There is a lot of water and sunlight in valleys. So,

what kinds of plants and animals do you think live
in valleys?


I will make a list on the board of plants and

animals. I will elaborate on more types of plants
and animals and why they live in these conditions

Students will be given time to write down


Students will add their own input

One student will answer- hopefully saying a flood

will happen

Collect answers from students

I will pass out the worksheet to the students. I will

Students will work on their worksheets.
tell the students that they may work with their
partner if they want to, but they must each
10 min
complete their own paper. I will remind them to
stay seated. If they have a question they must raise
their hands and I will come help them. I will tell
them that they only have 10 minutes to do this so
they must focus to finish their worksheet. I will
collect the worksheets at the end of the ten
Your reflection about the lesson, including evidence(s) of student learning and engagement, as well as ideas for improvement
for next time. (Write this after teaching the lesson, if you had a chance to teach it. If you did not teach this lesson, focus on the
process of preparing the lesson.)