Reflection: Relevance Awesome, Weird, Cool...Not! - Section 4: Activity: So what's awesome, anyway?


In order for students to truly understand themselves as budding scientists in the rigor of NGSS and CCSS vocabulary standards, having students use "reaction" language in this lesson will help define the difference between this and accurate descriptive language. As a lesson that should be taught in the beginning of the year, this should help clarify the importance of precise words and hopefully help them produce richer future observations and scientific writing .

After I taught this lesson, I noticed that addressing the teaching challenge of getting my students to use more precise language was going go be more difficult than I had thought. They really need to be guided in their language usage for precision. So, to address it, I spent a lot of time talking with them and looking at their work in order to guide them. This lesson really helped me gauge where they were in their ability to choose precise words! The grid is simple enough that you can catch it at first glance.

  Reactions and Language
  Relevance: Reactions and Language
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Awesome, Weird, Cool...Not!

Unit 1: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use more precise and accurate scientific vocabulary to observe, describe and explain as they use their specialized senses to make sense of science.

Big Idea: From observing a cat to touching and describing mysterious things in brown paper bags, students learn to understand that specialized senses and precise words go hand in hand in developing good inquiry skills.

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Science, Content Vocabulary , Language Arts, precision
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