# Unit Plan – The Four Seasons by hcj

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By Christina Giannini

Objectives (Strategy 7)
Students will identify and describe each of the four seasons.
Students will write complete sentences using proper conventions.
Students will demonstrate cooperation and interaction skills while working in
cooperative groups.
Students will demonstrate basic scientific process skills of observation.

State Standards
1.S.1.6.1 Make and record observations.
1.S.1.7.1 Demonstrate cooperation and interaction skills.
1.S.4.1.1 Identify the four seasons and their characteristics for a local region.
1.LA.1.8.3 Use words and concepts necessary for comprehending math, science, social
studies, literature and other Grade 1 content area text.
1.LA.2.1.3 Participate in drawing conclusions based on information gathered from
pictures and print.
1.LA.5.1.1 Print legibly.
1.LA.5.2.1 Spell correctly Grade 1 high-frequency words.
1.LA.5.2.2 Use invented spelling to spell independently.
1.LA.5.3.1 Write a complete sentence with words spaced appropriately.
1.LA.5.4.1 Capitalize the first word in a sentence, names of people, and the pronoun I.
1.LA.5.4.2 Use periods at the end of sentences, and identify question marks and
exclamation points.

Background
During the school year students are presented with information about the each of the
four seasons. The Saxon math program includes a lesson during the school year about
each of the four seasons. The following unit plan could be used to review the
information, find similarities and differences, and assess the students.
Lesson 1
Materials- Chart paper, Harcourt Science Big book, crayons, computer lab
Anticipatory Set
     Complete a classroom KWL chart on what the students know and what they
still want to learn (Strategy 9)
Input
     Read to student from Harcourt Science Big books about each of the four
seasons
Model
     Create graphic organizer using pictures and words to describe one of the four
seasons (Strategy 5)
Guided Practice
     Separate students into small groups (Strategy 6)
     Students will create a graphic organizer using pictures and words to describe a
season of their choice (Strategy 5)
     Teacher will check for understanding using praise, prompt, leave (Strategy 3)
Closure
    Students will present and describe graphic organizers to the class.
Independent practice/Assessment
    Each student will create a graphic organizer describing one of the four seasons
using pictures and words in the computer lab using Kidspiration (Strategy 5)
    Rubric for graphic organizer and cooperative learning

Lesson 2
Materials- Magazines, construction paper, scissors, glue, The Little House by Virginia
Lee Burton
Anticipatory Set/Input
    Read The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
    Discuss and describe the changes in the seasons in the book
Model
     Model creating a collage using pictures from magazines to describe each season
(Strategy 5)
Guided Practice
     Separate students into small groups (Strategy 6)
     Students will create a collage using pictures from magazines to describe each
season (Strategy 5)
     Teacher will check for understanding using praise, prompt, leave (Strategy 3)
Closure/assessment
    Students will present and describe collage to the class.
    Rubric for collage and cooperative learning
Lesson 3
Materials- clothing, 1 sheet of construction paper and 4 copies of journal writing
paper for each student
Anticipatory Set
     Pile of various articles of clothing on the front table
Input
     Classroom discussion on appropriate clothing for every season
     Identify similarities and differences in clothing for each season (Strategy 1)
Model
    Model drawing a picture of a person dressed in clothing appropriate for one of
the seasons and write two or three sentences about the season (Strategy 5)
    Model legible handwriting, proper spacing, spelling, punctuation and
capitalization
    Check for understanding
Guided Practice
    Students will draw a picture of a person dressed in clothing appropriate for
each of the seasons and write two or three sentences about the season (Strategy 5)
     Students will use legible handwriting, proper spacing, spelling, punctuation
and capitalization
     Teacher will check for understanding using praise, prompt, leave (Strategy 3)
Closure
    Create a book about the seasons using pictures, sentences and sheet of
construction paper
Assessment
    Rubric for writing
Writing Rubric
Three or    One or
more        two      No errors
errors     errors
Appropriate Capitalization in all four
1          2          3
sentences
Appropriate Punctuation in all four
1          2          3
sentences
Correct spelling of high frequency
1          2          3
words
Appropriate spacing between words
1          2          3

Not      Somewhat
Evident
Evident     Evident
Students will write in complete
1           2           3
sentences
Students will identify and describe
1           2           3
each of the four seasons in a picture
Graphic Organizer Rubric
4 or less     5-7      8 or more
The student will identify and describe
characteristics of one of the four          1            2         3
seasons

Cooperative learning
Not       Somewhat
Evident
Evident      Evident
Students will demonstrate
cooperation and interaction skills         1            2          3
appropriate of age level.
Collage Rubric
4 or less     5-7      8 or more
The student will identify and describe
1            2         3
winter characteristics
The student will identify and describe
1            2         3
fall characteristics
The student will identify and describe
1            2         3
spring characteristics
The student will identify and describe
1            2         3
summer characteristics

Cooperative learning
Not       Somewhat
Evident
Evident      Evident
Students will demonstrate
cooperation and interaction skills         1            2          3
appropriate of age level.

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