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Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading

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Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading

Grades 6 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Computer with Internet access and LCD projector

  • Computers or tablet devices for students to use to create their trading cards and word mover poems

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Trading Card Creator

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 

Word Mover

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

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MOBILE APPS

Word Mover

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

Trading Cards

Grades   3 – 8  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Cards

Invigorate students' writing with an interactive tool that allows them to demonstrate their comprehension using a mobile app.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  1. Familiarize yourself with some of the websites that contain information about STEM careers by using Career Cornerstone Center, and bookmark whatever other sites you’d like to use with your students. Note that in this lesson, we use iOnFuture: The STEM Career Exploration Game as an example. (If your students need assistance in how to read and evaluate websites, please refer to the ReadWriteThink lesson on evaluating websites, Hoax or No Hoax: Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation and use the Online Comprehension Strategies Diagram to help students read the websites.)

  2. Familiarize yourself with the Word Mover Planning Sheet, and plan to use it with the Word Mover.

  3. Familiarize yourself with the Trading Card Creator. In this lesson, questions relate to the Real Person card. Use the Career Trading Card Planning Sheet; these questions have been modified to fit the activity, so students should use the prompts and questions on this sheet rather than those included on the trading card prompts.

 

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