Topic: Cycles in Nature

Common Core Standards:
RL.K.2-- With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.K.3-- With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
RI.K.5-- Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book
RF.K.Ia-- Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
RF.K.Ib-- Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
W.K.2-- Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are
writing about and supply some information about the topic.
W.K.7-- Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
L.K.Ia-- Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
LK.2d-- Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound- letter relationships.

Suggested Student Objectives

  • Listen for how a book is read with expression
  • Review words with /o/, /ks/, /j/, /e/, /h/, /k/
  • Write letter Oo, Xx, Jj, Ee, Hh, Kk
  • Review the unit's high-frequency words: make, play, said, good, she, all, he, no
  • Use proper capitalization and punctuation with an exclamation

Suggested Additional Readings

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Apples by Gail Gibbons

Resource Links

-----> Earth and Space
-----> Seasons
-----> Fall
-----> Apple Harvest

BrainPopJr: Plant Life Cycle
The Busy World of Richard Scarry-Imagine That - Seeds


1. Frog and Toad Sequence
  • Read "The Garden" chapter aloud.
  • Review with the students what happened in the story
  • Students can then write/dictate the four steps
  • Then students can illustrate their sentence

2. Life Cycle of a Watermelon
  • Color the worksheet
  • Cut out the four squares
  • students will glue pictures in order

3. Plant Song

1. Students will be able to recall story sequence
2. Students will be able to properly sequence the watermelon life cycle

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