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Tree Detectives

Grades 2 and 3

Language Arts, Science

Lesson Plan Summary

Starting with the Great Basin National Park quarter, students will understand the life cycle of the Bristlecone pine tree. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the graphic novel writing process.

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National Standards associated with this lesson plan

Language Arts

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Reading Association (IRA)

  • Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
  • Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.

Science

National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)

  • Science as Inquiry
  • Earth Science
Great Basin National Park quarter image
Great Basin National
Park Quarter
Nevada

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