⁣Lesson Plan: Writing a Review of Lytle Creek & Bonita Falls with Kids

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⁣Lesson Plan: Writing a Review of Lytle Creek & Bonita Falls with Kids

Grade Level: 6-8

Subject: English Language Arts

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

- Students will write a review of their experience at Lytle Creek & Bonita Falls with a focus on kid-friendly activities and natural beauty.
- Students will support their claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence from their visit.
- Students will practice organizing their writing in a clear and coherent manner.

- Paper or writing notebooks
- Writing utensils
- Access to information about Lytle Creek & Bonita Falls (brochures, maps, etc.)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the purpose of a review and its importance in providing information and recommendations to others.
- Introduce Lytle Creek & Bonita Falls as a natural destination known for its beautiful scenery and family-friendly activities.

2. Pre-Writing: Gathering Information (15 minutes):
- Provide students with access to information about Lytle Creek & Bonita Falls (brochures, maps, etc.).
- Instruct students to individually research and take notes on the activities, amenities, and natural features of the destination.
- Encourage students to focus on aspects that are particularly appealing to kids.

3. Writing: Drafting the Review (25 minutes):
- Instruct students to use their notes to draft their review, focusing on the kid-friendly activities and natural beauty of Lytle Creek & Bonita Falls.
- Remind students to provide clear reasons and relevant evidence to support their claims.
- Guide students in organizing their writing by dividing it into paragraphs, each addressing different aspects of their visit (e.g., hiking trails, swimming areas, wildlife).

4. Peer Review and Revision (10 minutes):
- Pair students or form small groups for peer review.
- Instruct students to exchange their drafts and provide constructive feedback on clarity, organization, and supporting details.
- Encourage students to revise their writing based on the feedback received.

5. Final Draft and Sharing (10 minutes):
- Instruct students to write their final draft, incorporating revisions and improvements based on peer feedback.
- Allow students to share their reviews with the class or in small groups.
- Discuss the common themes and observations that emerge from the reviews.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Hi, it’s Kris from the Califoreigners this week we wanted to revisit Lytle Creek located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.Our handy adventure pass has made playing in the waters around Lytle creek our go-to activity to escape the heat this summer. With its proximity to a freeway, Lytle creek is a great spot to bring the family. It’s a place where you and the kids can enjoy the creek or hike out to a waterfall within ten minutes of exiting the 210 freeway. It’s such a fun, family-friendly activity that we even brought our Funday kids bubble out to enjoy it with us and everyone’s kids had a blast. We enjoy Lytle Creek the most because its water isn’t deep and the current’s not that strong. With younger kids, it’s one of the less stressful nature water activities you can do. You don’t have to worry about some rogue wave hitting the beach, or what’s in the murky waters of a larger river.I don’t think any of us thought we were going to stay out there for longer than 3 hours, but the temperature in the shade was perfect, and in total, we ended up staying for over six and a half hours. The time flew by, and the kids never got bored. We were there so long that my buddy Brandon and I even got away for an hour to hike out to Bonita creek falls. Unfortunately, our spur-of-the-moment hike started during the hottest part of the day, but thankfully the only scorching part of the hike was the 15 minutes you're exposed to the sun as you make your way through the dry river bed. At the time, We weren’t exactly sure how to get to Bonita falls, but it’s commonly known that all you need to do is follow the graffiti. And sadly, that's the truth. After rounding the bend and heading back into the trees, the temperature went back down, and we got to Bonita Falls shortly after. The falls were much taller than I expected, and the mist coming from it was a welcome surprise. Thankfully the tagging around the falls wasn’t as bad as we’ve seen in some of the photos online. However, it was still a bummer to see in person. The area around the falls was surrounded by other hikers enjoying the falls, so we headed back after a few minutes. Both Brandon and I agreed that it’s an easy hike. You just need to watch where you put your feet in the rocks of the dry river bed, so you don’t roll your ankle. Altogether, it took us an hour and 10 minutes to get back to your group, and the kids who were having so much fun didn’t even know we were gone.So if you’re looking for a fun activity with your family and some close friends, we thoroughly recommend spending the day at Lytle creek. All the friends we invited out loved the experience and want to go out and do it again. Leave a comment if you have any questions.We’ll be sure to link the blog post here once we got it up.Social Links = Check out our Blog http://califoreigners.com Follow us on Facebook http://facebook.com/califoreigners Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/thecaliforeignersOur Must-Have Items When We Adventure Out With Our Kids: Lip Sunscreen ~ https://amzn.to/3ieM58m Face Sunscreen ~ https://amzn.to/3PwpV0d or https://amzn.to/3G9l80n Sunscreen ~ https://amzn.to/3GSa3AZ or https://amzn.to/3tL9IuH Insect Repellent ~ https://amzn.to/3yQyKfn or https://amzn.to/3LKs8C3 Bug Bite Suction ~ https://amzn.to/3kcW0gp (works if used immediately)Bug Bite Relief Ointment ~ https://amzn.to/2UMKhdSFirst Aid Spray ~ https://amzn.to/3yVM5zXBandages ~ https://amzn.to/3AXPBLYTweezer ~ https://amzn.to/3kLiS6H Pain reliever medication ~ https://amzn.to/3uftZYq Antihistamine medication ~ https://amzn.to/3uizztlWater Wipes ~ https://amzn.to/2UvPVk9Portable Hand Wash ~ https://amzn.to/3G9h5Bs or https://amzn.to/3wzsasn Water Bottle ~ https://amzn.to/3Gea9TD Lunch Container ~ https://amzn.to/2XZ3ISK Snack Container ~ https://amzn.to/3AM2rMJ Cooler Bag ~ https://amzn.to/3uhKvr0 Ice Packs ~ https://amzn.to/3m1kFDX Umbrella ~ https://amzn.to/3B0yHwpBackpack ~ Minimeis Packing Cubes For Extra Clothes ~ https://amzn.to/39HurW1Baby Carrier ~ https://amzn.to/2ITumECShoulder Carrier ~ Minimeis Stroller ~ https://amzn.to/39CVkh4 Disposable Urinal Bag ~ https://amzn.to/3G3z2kPPortable Toilet ~ https://amzn.to/3sQde6P Compostable Toilet Bags ~ https://amzn.to/3zQkBzn Urine absorption pellets ~ https://www.tractorsupply.com/....tsc/product/tractor- Camera ~ https://amzn.to/3meJCuALens ~ https://amzn.to/2J7uxg9We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.--------Music by: INOSSIListen: https://spoti.fi/2EzvEA6Watch: https://youtu.be/ClHwg7btsL8

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