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I Wonder: Writing Scientific Explanations With Students

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I Wonder: Writing Scientific Explanations With Students

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

If you have ever had your class interrupted by a thunderstorm or by a bug crawling across the carpet, you know that students naturally question the world around them. This lesson encourages second-grade students to ask questions about a specific topic, choose a particular question to explore in detail, and research the question using a variety of resources. Students organize their information on a "What we think we know," "What we have confirmed we know," and "New facts we have learned through research" (TCF) chart. They then collaborate to write a class scientific explanation.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
10 ) Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. [RI.2.1]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.10- Answer who, what, and where questions to demonstrate understanding of an informational text.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
12 ) Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. [RI.2.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.12- Identify events or steps in a historical, scientific, or technical text.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
19 ) By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the Grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RI.2.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
21 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.2.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.2.4a]

b. Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.2.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.2.4c]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.21- Read and comprehend a text of 75 words with or without pictures.
ELA.AAS.2.21a- Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
23 ) Write informative or explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. [W.2.2]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
25 ) With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing. [W.2.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
27 ) Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations). [W.2.7]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.27- Participate in research projects.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
28 ) Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.2.8]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.28- Recall experiences to answer a question.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
30 ) Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.2.2]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.30- Ask and answer questions about a text read aloud or information presented orally through other media.


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