⁣Lesson Plan: Nature Is Amazing

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⁣Lesson Plan: Nature Is Amazing

Grade Level: 6-8

Subject: Science

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

Lesson Objectives:
- Students will watch a video showcasing the wonders of nature.
- Students will identify and explain various natural phenomena and processes depicted in the video.
- Students will conduct a small research project on a chosen natural phenomenon and create an informative presentation.
- Students will present their research findings to the class.

- Video showcasing the wonders of nature (pre-selected and appropriate for middle school students)
- Computers or tablets with internet access
- Research materials (books, articles, websites) on various natural phenomena
- Presentation software (PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.)
- Projector or smartboard

1. Start the lesson by asking students to share examples of natural phenomena or processes they find fascinating. Write down their responses on the board.
2. Explain to the students that they will be watching a video showcasing the wonders of nature.
3. Show the video to the class, ensuring it is engaging and presents a variety of natural phenomena and processes.
4. After watching the video, facilitate a whole-class discussion to identify and explain the natural phenomena and processes depicted. Encourage students to provide scientific explanations and ask questions to deepen their understanding.
5. Inform the students that they will now conduct a small research project on a chosen natural phenomenon. Allow them to choose a topic of interest from the list generated earlier or suggest their own topics.
6. Provide students with research materials (books, articles, websites) on various natural phenomena or allow them to conduct online research using computers or tablets.
7. Instruct students to gather information about their chosen natural phenomenon, including its causes, effects, and any interesting facts or examples.
8. Once the research is complete, have students create an informative presentation using presentation software. Emphasize the importance of organizing information logically and including relevant visuals or diagrams.
9. Give students time to work on their presentations individually or in pairs, providing support and guidance as needed.
10. After the presentations are completed, organize a presentation session where students can share their research findings with the class. Encourage questions and discussions after each presentation.
11. Conclude the lesson by facilitating a reflection discussion, allowing students to share their thoughts and insights about the amazing aspects of nature.

- Assess students' understanding of natural phenomena, their research skills, and their ability to create informative presentations by reviewing their research notes and evaluating their presentations.

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