Keywords: wood, renewable natural resources, fibrous; Lesson Plan Grade Level: remedial reading third and fourth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 40 minutes; Setting: classroom

Goals for the Lesson

  • Students will be able to orally read an article about wood.

  • Students will be able to discuss the main and supporting details about wood after reading.

  • Students will be able to recall facts about wood products through matching.

Materials Needed

State Standards Addressed: (4.2) Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

Subjects Covered: remedial reading, science

wood products

Teaching Model: independent learning, shared learning


Prior lesson: Students will have read directions to several games and have discussed how to write specific directions.

Small group setting: After reading and discussing the article in small sections, each student is to create their own card game (may be patterned after the games "Go Fish" or "Memory"). Children must use information from the article in their game, along with directions on how to play the game.

After creating their game, they must trade with another student and play each game.

All games are to be labeled and placed into a ziplocked bag and then into a box for further use.

Example of a matching card game idea:

  • card A would state: wood

  • card B would state: only true renewable resource

Whole group: After the class has read and discussed the article, hand out large strips to each student with facts about the article written on them. Each student is to read their fact and be able to find it in the article and give one more fact from the article to support it.


After trading games with another student, students are to evaluate if the directions were complete and understandable and if the student used correct information from the Incredible Wood article. An editing session will follow the next day.


Smith, Sanford, and Lee R. Stover (2002). From the Woods: Incredible Wood. University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State University.


Lynne Karish, Central Intermediate Unit , Our Lady of Victory