Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines What Do Fossils Tell Us About Our Earth? Day 2 of 2 - Section 5: Independent Writing

 

How did my students do with this writing assignment? In the example, WhatfossilsTellUs, the students use pattern writing to respond to the question. His examples are simple and provides superficial details. This continues wit the writing sample, Yes,fossilsTellUsAboutHowAnimalsLived.

The next writing example, Yes,FossilsTellUsHowSomeAnimalsDied, goes into more details about what fossils tell us. In fact, she writes about how fossils form from fish and dinosaurs. So we get to read how some animals died. She does need to write shorter sentences to gain more control of her writing.

The next piece, Yes,StrangeCreaturesLivedLongAgo, gives us evidence from the book about fossils tell us. And, yes, fossils tell of where seas used to be and the strange creatures that used live. I wished this students would have elaborated on what type of strange creatures lived before.

Overall, my students explained superficially the changes of the Earth. I gave this assignment as an independent to some of them and those are writing samples that I am reflecting on. It seems to me that even though these students were able to read the text, that they would have benefitted from reading the text as a whole group. In this way, they would have understood the content better. So it is important to note that decoding does not translate into comprehension of text, especially working with English Language Learners.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Independent Writing
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What Do Fossils Tell Us About Our Earth? Day 2 of 2

Unit 3: All About Rocks: Learning Science Through Informational Text
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand key details about fossils.

Big Idea: Fossils tell of the Earth’s changes. Today, students continue reading closely from Fossils Tell of Long Ago, by Aliki.

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