Friday, November 17, 2017

Weathering and Erosion Hands-On Lab and Close Reading Activities for Earth Science

Earth science needs to be taught in hands-on ways with lots of interaction and reflection.  Weathering and erosion can be taught using simple house hold materials that are easy to find. 

Using sand, water, and salt rocks you can simulate the moving river and how it affects rocks.

 Stones become rounded and smooth in the river.

Wind also shapes the landscapes. 
The Students learn about the difference between weathering and erosion.  They also learn about chemical and physical erosion.

I have students read nonfiction text to further their understanding of chemical and physical erosion. This allows me to integrate reading informational text standards with the science curriculum. I do this in a CLOSE reading format.

I follow both the hands-on activities and the reading of informational text with interactive notebook flaps and folds. 

We connect weathering and erosion back into the rock cycle. Where do the sediments come from the start are the basis for forming sedimentary rocks? 

Can also be purchased as part of a bundle for Earth Science which also includes the Rock Cycle and Fossil Unit. Save 20% by purchasing together. 

 Earth Science bundle at 20% Discount

Thank you for reading.  Keep it hands-on and remember to integrate!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

3rd Grade NGSS Lessons and Units

The Next Generation Science Standards for 3rd Grade pack a lot into one year of teaching.  The only way a to cover all of these standards is to integrate with other subjects.  I like to integrate hands-on science lessons with the CCSS for Reading Informational Text.  Using nonfiction passages to further develop the students' understanding is a great way to incorporate reading into the subject of science.

First Hands-On Activities: 

Next Follow Up Pages and Interactive Notebook Inserts to record ideas about the hands-on learning.

I follow these with reading nonfiction passages that further explain the science.  This gives purpose to the reading because the students want to know what the science worked the way it did.  Students are more motivated to read.

After I have students read the nonfiction articles, I have them follow up with interactive notebook flaps that have text dependent questions and are aligned with the CCSS for 3rd grade Reading Informational Text.

Sometimes I have students participate in sorting or matching games to reinforce the learning.
Sometimes I have students further follow up with writing activities aligned with CCSS for 3rd grade writing.

I enjoy looking at the standard, breaking it down, and developing activities to engage the students.  I have developed many resource specific for 3rd grade NGSS standards.  
You can purchase the entire bundle at a 20% discount. This HUGE resource will take you through the year and meet the standards for both NGSS and CCSS.

But resources are also available individually and in units.

Fossils Close Reading and Hands-on Unit
Life Cycle of a Butterfly Close Read and Lab

Even more resources for 3rd grade NGSS available in my store.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2nd Grade NGSS Lessons Plans and Units

The Second Grade Science Standards for NGSS take some careful thought, but there are ways to engage students in meaningful activities that help them learn the material.

Sometimes when I look at certain standards, it takes me a while to figure out what it is they want.  For example:
2-PS1-3. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.

I had to ponder this one for quite a while to figure out what they actually wanted the students to learn and do.

Once I figure out the standard, I proceed like this:
 I engage students in a variety of hands on science activities.

Next I like to have the students respond with response pages to express their learning related to the hands-on activity.

After that I like to introduce the students to some nonfiction text on the background science related to the topic.  I usually do this with a CLOSE reading activity.
I then have student think about the reading and respond either with response pages or engaging interactive notebook folds.

I might follow this up with a learning game or sorting activity.

Sorting Cards can be purchased individually or within other resources.

Now, I love planning curriculum.  I know it is weird, but to me it is sort of a puzzle to put together and to figure out what the standard is saying and how I can make it engaging for the students.  If you are not as into planning as I am, you can take a look at the curriculum I have put together for 2nd grade NGSS.
You can buy my entire collection here at a 20% discount.

Or you can purchase resource independently

Thank you for reading.