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Lesson Plan: Integrating Information- Planting a Tree

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 4

Lesson Objective: To use information from two different sources to explain how to plant a tree

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.9- Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.




  • Have you ever heard about the same event or thing from two different people?  How did you know who to believe?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • When we hear or read about something from two different people, it is called getting information from two sources.
  • Getting information from two or more sources is very helpful because you can learn different information from the sources.
  • Many times, different sources will have information that is the same.  They will also have some information that is different.
  • It is important to know how to figure out what information is important.  If both sources have the same information, do you think it is important?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Usually if both sources have the same information, that information is important.
  • Then, you need to figure out what information might be important that is not the same from both sources.
  • Information that is important are things like dates, places and details on how to do something.
  • For example, if you were making cookies, it would be important to know what ingredients you need, what the temperature to bake them and how long to bake them.
  • Some of the details that might not be as important would be the color bowl to mix the ingredients in and what to mix them with.
  • Now, you are going to be reading about how to plant a tree from two different sources.  After you have read both paragraphs, you will be writing your own paragraph about how to plant a tree.  Make sure that you use the important information from both sources.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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