Reflection: Lesson Planning Early Atmosphere & Fossils - Section 4: Notes & Analysis


In relation to the Common Core standards, I have tried to incorporate more text-based resource in my Science teaching over the past 2-3 years. Specifically, the first Common Core standard in Science and Technical Subjects, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1 states:

  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

Over time, I have pulled resources from all over: online articles, test preparation passages, high-school and college-level textbooks, etc., all of which prepare students for the important task of textual analysis and the presentation of science writing. In addition, just like most standardized assessments nationwide, the New York state based Regents exam has lately been implementing more and more reading passages throughout the exam. Having students continuously derive content knowledge through textual information is a key principle I like to reinforce in my classroom, and it has the added advantage of actually helping them prepare for the same task on the Regents. Whether you do it as much as I do is your pedagogical choice, but it's my opinion that texts like these really help student learning and comprehension, often in more ways than one.

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Early Atmosphere & Fossils

Unit 3: Earth's History
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT describe Earth's early atmosphere and identify how primitive organisms influenced Earth's early atmosphere | SWBAT define fossils as remnants of living organisms and differentiate between eon, era, period, and epoch

Big Idea: Students explore the early atmosphere and how organisms contributed oxygen via photosynthesis. They also watch a video and do some textual analysis about fossils as remains of living organisms from the past

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