Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Potentially Amazing Lab Station Rotation - Section 7: Day 3 Closure: Peer Edit, Small Group Work, and Revisions


The students in my class were able to complete this activity in 3 days, including the writing of the entire scientific paragraph.  As you look through the student writing on page 5 of the student exemplar, it is important to recognize that my students ability to independently write these explanations effectively and efficiently took a lot of time and front loading of writing instruction.  

Leading up to this activity, I had taught mini lessons, had students evaluate student work, and write multiple examples connecting to the "Tips for Science Writing" document.  Throughout that process students were given feedback about each topic.  I have found that scientific writing doesn't happen with isolated lessons or with a two week mini unit on writing.  In order to really improve writing proficiency, it must be embedded throughout the curriculum with high expectations and ample feedback to students.

  Scientific writing doesn't happen over night!
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Scientific writing doesn't happen over night!
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Potentially Amazing Lab Station Rotation

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to describe and model situations in which different amounts of potential energy are stored in a system.

Big Idea: Students rotate through a series of cool labs focusing on potential energy that allows them to work on writing and communicating like a scientist in a fun way!

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