In Unit 3, students apply their knowledge about plants and pollinators to help one important pollinator: butterflies. Building on knowledge from Modules 3 and 4, students read about how planting wildflowers helps butterflies. For their performance task, students are invited to take action by creating a wildflower seed packet to then give away a school or family member. The front of the wildflower seed packet includes a title and colored pencil drawing of a monarch butterfly. The back of the wildflower seed packet includes instructions for planting wildflower seeds and an opinion piece telling people why they should help butterflies.
During the Closing of each lesson, students complete both a written and oral reflection. This reflection serves as a scaffold for the Unit 3 Assessment, in which students share their formal reflection on their work and learning throughout Module 4 in small groups. As a culmination of the work of Module 4, students write letters inviting school and family members to a Celebration of Learning, where they share their reflections and give their seed packets to a guest.
Recall that EL Education believes that high-quality work is a reflection and result of the high expectations teachers have for all students. Thus, it is a means to excellence and equity. The performance task for this module allows for students to create high-quality work based on their deep knowledge of pollinators. Using the literacy skills built throughout the school year, knowledge built in Modules 3 and 4, and cycles of drafting, critique and revision, students are able to create a high-quality product (the performance task) that showcases their learning for the year.
Unit 3 supports this work with both the design of its lessons and the use of optional flex days. In addition to the opportunities for critique, feedback, and revision, students are given an opportunity to present their work to an audience from outside of the classroom. Creating work for an authentic audience motivates students to meet standards and engage in revision. Through the process, they develop perseverance and they realize that they can do more than they thought they could.
The purpose of the optional flex days in this unit is to allow for additional time, as needed, to support students with use of technology, drafting of artwork, and student presentations for a high-quality end of year performance task. Refer to the unit-at-a-glance chart for additional information.