Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
I Wonder: Writing Scientific Explanations With Students
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Eight 40-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Why Do Leaves Change Colors? by Betsy Maestro (HarperTrophy, 1994)
- I Am a Leaf by Jean Marzollo (Scholastic Cartwheel, 1998)
- Computers with Internet access
- Chart paper and markers
- Art supplies
- Sticky notes
Grades 1 – 6 | Student Interactive | Inquiry & Analysis
Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.
- Science Explorations handout
- Tree Booklist
- Leaves! Leaves!
- Letter to Parents
- Paragraph Puzzles
- Scientific Explanation Assessment Rubric
- Science NetLinks
- Montshire Museum of Science: Fall Foliage
- Idaho Forest: Forests Are For Kids!
- Carly's Kids Corner
- Ask Kids
- Forestry for Kids
|1.||Throughout this project, you will want to continually immerse students in the science topic they will be writing about through experiments and hands-on investigations. Choose science experiments to use with students from the Science Explorations handout or from Science NetLinks. It may be helpful to arrange your science block back-to-back with your writing block or lengthen your writing time to include science investigations.
|2.||Choose one question about trees for the class to research. Sample questions about trees include:
|3.||Obtain and familiarize yourself with Why Do Leaves Change Colors? by Betsy Maestro and I Am a Leaf by Jean Marzollo.
|4.||Gather an assortment of nonfiction books about trees; the Tree Booklist has some suggestions. You may also choose to have your students use the Internet to do research if you have computers in your classroom or access to a computer lab. Montshire Museum of Science: Fall Foliage, Idaho Forest: Forests Are For Kids!, and Carly's Kids Corner are some websites related to trees that you might find useful. To find appropriate websites on other topics, use a search engine like Ask Kids or visit Science NetLinks. Familiarize yourself with and bookmark any websites you will be using, and if necessary, reserve the computer lab for one 40-minute session (see Session 4, Step 3).
|5.||Make a copy of the Leaves! Leaves! sheet for each student in the class.
|6.||Create a TCF chart with three columns titled, "What we think we know," "What we have confirmed we know," and "New facts we have learned through research."
|7.||Prepare the Letter to Parents with the correct information and dates; make a copy for each student in the class.
|8.||Take the sentences from one of the Paragraph Puzzles and write them each on a sticky note (see Session 6, Step 1).
|9.||Familiarize yourself with the Scientific Explanation Assessment Rubric.