August 3, 2015
by Sarah Marten
Lesson Plan:

Super Survival Skills

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Students will identify main topics and supporting details in an informational text and organize the details by using a graphic organizer.

(25 minutes)
  • Explain to students that they will be learning how to organize main ideas and supporting details by reading about survival skills.
  • Have students brainstorm with a partner some survival skills they know and to make a list on a sheet of paper.
  • Have volunteers share a few items from their list until all ideas from the class are shared.
  • Tell students that you would like them to watch a video on how to identify edible plants in the wild which is an important survival skill.
  • Watch Foolproof Wild Edible Plants #1.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out the Cool Survival Skills worksheet and the Bubble Story organizer to each student.
  • Read aloud the first section, How to Find North, to the class.
  • Model how to fill out the Bubble Story organizer after reading the section. Don't have students fill out the organizer with you.
(10 minutes)
  • Arrange students into pairs and have them partner read the rest of the Cool Survivor Skills worksheet.
  • Walk around the room to monitor students to make sure they are on task.
(10 minutes)
  • Refer students to the displayed Bubble Story organizer.
  • Instruct them to fill out the organizer using a section other than How to Find North.
  • Enrichment: Encourage advanced students to research a survival skill not mentioned in the worksheet and present their research to the class.
  • Support: Pair students who need support with students who understand the concept.
  • Use the completed Bubble Story organizer as an informal assessment.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that using an organizer like the Bubble Story organizer when reading informational text is a great way to organize main ideas and supporting details.
  • Take any final questions or comments about the lesson.

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