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Immersion I Lesson Plan Courtney Lastiyano

Field Study Teacher: Gretchen Willis
School: Park Elementary
Grade Level: Second Grade
Number of Students in Class: 20
Unit: Science
Lesson Duration: 1 Hour
Day, Date, and Time of Lesson: Friday, December 11, 2015
1. Objective(s): In Science today, students will be able to identify and report on
various natural disasters.
2. Colorado Academic Standards:
Content Area: Science Standard: 3. Earth Systems Science:
Use evidence to develop a scientific explanation for how the weather and changing
seasons impacts the organisms such as humans, plants, and other animals and
the environment (DOK 1-3)
Analyze ways in which severe weather contributes to catastrophic events such as
floods and forest fires (DOK 1- 2)
ISTE Standards:
Research and Information Fluency
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the
appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. Process data and report results.

3. Learning Target: I can tell you about different kinds of natural disasters.
4. Assessment: At the end of the lesson, I will hand out an index card, before we
move onto the next lesson of the day, they students will have to write a minimum of
three facts theyve learned about natural disasters. They will be handing these in to
move on.
Key Vocabulary: Natural Disaster, Debris, Eruption, Volcanic, Weather, Typhoon
Key Technology: Computers/IPad
Prerequisite Technology Skills: Students will have to be verse in computers, (i.e, able
to maneuver themselves through the website.) and in Apple IPads, if all computers
are taken.
5. Materials:
Youtube clips
Drawing paper
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Magazines (national geographic)
Water bottle cyclone. (hurricane example)
Fish tank, sand and sticks (flood example)
Index cards

6. Introduction/Anticipatory Set: How will you grab the students attention or

relate the experiences of the students to the objectives of the lesson? (Activate
prior knowledge, establish relevance, show a striking visual, engage them in a brief
experiential exercise, etc.)

7. Essential Questions or Big Picture Statement: Today we will be learning

natural disasters, We will watch some news reports on a few famous disasters; like
hurricane Katrina. This will help us understand different ways natural disasters
impact the environment and the life that dwells there.

8. ****Step-by-Step Lesson Process:****

Sequential Steps
Once, I get through the video clips of the natural disasters, I will begin to cluster
the class into groups of four, so that I end up with five groups. (10 minutes)
Once they are separated into groups, they will be looking at information on five
different natural disasters and their respective groups, each lasting about 10
minutes. I will be modeling whats happening in each center.



After each group has filtered through each center, they will return to their seats for
the final ten minutes we play weather jeopardy. This requires student participation
and cold calling. (Check for understanding)
DIFFERENTIATION: Each student will have the ability to obtain a worksheet, to
take notes or make comparisons by drawing or writing characteristics of the natural
disaster in question. Additional information will be available after the lesson for
individual meetings if anything is unclear or needs to be explained further.

Closure: Today we learned about natural disasters, we got to experiment with some
examples and watch some really great videos to help understand how different
each of these natural disasters are.
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I am going to hand out index cards, and I would like for you each to write at least
three things you learned or found interesting about natural disasters. I would
appreciate a name and a date. Once you are finished raise your index card in the air
silently, and wait for Mrs. Willis to tell you whats next.
9. Reflection on Lesson to complete after you have taught:
4. What would you do differently next time, and how did you know this part of
the lesson did not work as well as it could have for you and/or the students?

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