Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Exploring Minerals - Section 6: Researching Minerals

 

In reflecting on this process, I think my students did well in navigating the informational sheet. I made copies for my students to use from this book, Rocks and Minerals. I made enough for my 21 students. I took the time to make color copies because I wanted to give students an authentic account of the color and texture of these minerals. I feel it was worth my time and energy because in working with English Language Learners, I need to make sure I am using visuals, and I believe these visuals were very helpful in developing their conceptual understanding of minerals. I placed the colored copies in a plastic sheet for future use.

If the book cannot be used, then the internet offers plenty of other choices. I find this website particularly useful: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts. In fact, here are a couple of examples of what they offer about minerals and gems: Diamond Facts - Properties, Uses, Structure, Atoms, Jewelry, Synthetic & Blood Diamonds. and Sulfur Facts for Kids - Element S, Properties, Uses, Sulphur Crystals.

In terms of how my students did with describing the mineral using both the text and photos. Well, some did better than others. Here is a good example: GoodJobUsingText&Photos. Even though this student struggles with reading, he was able to locate some descriptors for the mineral. Part of why he was able was due to the sheet offering plenty of colorful visuals and not too much text. In addition, I made sure to guide him to the information, but did not read the information. I liked that he referred to the photos in describing the mineral. And he made a point to answer what surprised him about the mineral. It is not his best written sentence, but he is acknowledging what he didn't know before.

In addition, with Gold, this student's enthusiasm is visible in his writing and discoveries about gold, even though his description may be simple. And, yes, this student Didn'tUnderstand the task, but she still walked away with a rich experience about informational text.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Researching Minerals
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Exploring Minerals

Unit 3: All About Rocks: Learning Science Through Informational Text
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details in informational texts and other media.

Big Idea: Today students continue with hands on, cross-curricular learning. They dive into information about how minerals make up rocks.

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