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Unit Title: My Big Backyard

Target Grade Level: K-3

Key Generalization: What do you see when you look outside your backyard?

Michigan Curriculum Framework References:  

Strand IV, CS 2 E 1 (Describe common physical changes in matter)

Strand III, CS I, EI (Classify organisms on basis of observable physical characteristics)

Strand V, CS III, E 3 (Describe seasonal changes in weather)

Strand I, CS I, E I (observation)

Strand III, CS I, E I (Life functions and growth)

Strand III, CS 2, E 5 (Seed/ plant parts)

Strand V, CS 1, E 1 (Earth's Surface)

Strand III CS 2, E 1 (Classify Organisms)

Strand IV CS 3, E 1 (Describe/Compare Motions)

Strand V CS 1 E 5 (Describe atmosphere)

Strand III, CS 2, E 1 (observable physical characteristics)

1. Changes to the environment for the unit: Classroom will be designed so that a portion of the room will look like a mini backyard containing all aspects of each lesson. Along with that, bulletin boards will be constructed to help give children a sense of being in a backyard.

2. A fun and interesting introductory activity the class will do together is to read a book about the many things outside. An idea book to read is "Hello World" by Michael Foreman. This book talks about the many things outside in the world. Then as a class, come up with the many things a person would see inside a backyard. After, discuss the different subjects the children will be learning in the unit. Finally have children go back to their desk and draw a picture of their backyard and what they see.

3. A closing activity, which will stick with students, is a fun game of jeopardy. Students will get into groups of 4-5. Each lesson they have learned in the unit will be a category to choose from in the game. This game will motivate and engage students in remembering each lesson they have learned. Following the game, each child will write in their journals what they have learned from this unit and their favorite activity they did in class.

Summative Assessments

This journal will be worth 25 points.

15-25 points- includes both answers to following questions in great detail and uses correct spelling and punctuation.

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