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Belmont Lesson Plan Template

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Lesson Planning Document
General Information
Teacher: Shannon Cain
Students: 30
Mentor: Mr. Cargile
Number: 1
Date: 4/15/15
Sequence: 1

Subject: Science

Number of

Grade: 8th grade


Time Allowed: 50 min

Lesson in
Unit Title:

Life Science
Topic- How does color protect the peppered moth?

Subjects Integrated- Biology, Life Science, Ecology


Readiness and Background Knowledge

The students have learned about adaptations and the four steps of natural
selection. This activity will give the students an opportunity to apply their
knowledge to study a peppered moth pollution in Manchester, England.


TN State Standards:
GLE 0807.5.3 Analyze how structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations within a
population enable it to survive in a given environment.
GLE 0807.5.4 Explain why variation within a population can enhance the chances for group
Student learning objectives:
After completing this investigation, the students will be able to
compare and contrast color variations among peppered moths

interpret data on changes in the peppered moth population

explain how the variation in color of the peppered moth is an adaptation
to the environment

Teacher learning objectives

During this lesson, I will work on transitions and lesson closure.
I will assess the students informally by walking around and asking questions
during the activity. This activity will serve as a summative assessment, and will
count for a lab grade in Skyward.



Resources and Materials

-student science notebooks
-Peppered Moth handout
-Colored Pencils
Instructional Model, Procedures, and Strategies
-Go over last nights homework on adaptations- 5 minutes
-Discussion about Galapagos Islands video- 5 minutes
-Introduce Peppered Moth Investigation Activity- 5 minutes
-Explain expectations and procedure for activity- 5 minutes
-Peppered Moth Investigation Activity- 25 minutes
-Exit Ticket- 5 minutes


Attention Signal
The students enter the classroom and start copying down their
homework page from the projector. They are great about starting class on time.
During class, the students will raise their hands if they have any questions.

Opening and Advanced Organizer

I will begin the lesson by going over last nights homework. This will
provide a review about adaptations and natural selection. We will also tie in the
content from yesterdays lesson by discussing the Galapagos Islands video.

Behavioral Expectations

We expect the students to treat the teachers and each other with
respect. Only once person will speak at a time during the discussion, unless the
class is notified to call out an answer collectively. If the students have a
question, they will raise their hands. The students will be active listeners and
participate in our discussion. The students will also work with their table
partners and stay engaged and focused on the activity.


Instructional Steps
-We will begin class by reviewing the homework from last night- Page 107
#1, 3, 4, 7
-We will have a short class discussion about what the students learned
from yesterdays Galapagos Islands video.
-I will introduce the background knowledge for the Peppered Moth
Investigation Activity. To do this, I will have a short PowerPoint showing
pictures of the peppered moth and the environment in which they live.
-I will explain to the students the expectations and procedures for the
activity. (Ex. Group work, graphing).
-The students will be given 20-25 minutes to work on the activity with
their table partner. If they do not finish, the remainder will be due for
-I will walk around to assist students and assess their progress.
-With five minutes remaining in class, the students will complete an exit
ticket for our lesson.

Lesson Closure
I will close the lesson with an exit ticket. We will not have time to discuss
their findings from their Peppered Moth Investigation Activity today, but this
will be the bellringer for Thursdays lesson.

Feedback and Evaluation

I will give the students feedback as I walk around during the activity. I will
also informally assess the activity during class. This activity will be graded as a
summative assessment after the students complete it.