Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Measuring Time as the Earth Rotates and Revolves - Section 4: Reflect & Apply


To support my students to compose, communicate and evaluate a clearly stated, evidence-based, compelling argument as well as articulate scientific ideas when making an argument, I created Fact-Based Argument Cards

Looking back on this lesson and others, I feel that these cards successfully supported students as they constructed fact-based arguments. Here's why: 

1. Each card provided students with a manageable work space. The number of lines was not overwhelming to students who struggle with writing. At the same time, a limited number of lines encouraged other students to condense their thinking and to be more thoughtful about word choice. 

2. By introducing the cards at the beginning of the lesson and returning to the cards at the end, research became more meaningful. Students understood the importance of our guiding question and gathering evidence. They knew that developing an evidence-based argument required them to collected key evidence aligned with the guiding question. 

3. Constructing evidence-based arguments became part of a daily routine. Consequently, students knew what is expected every day and didn't have to relearn these expectations. 

4. Finally, providing students with time to share their evidence-based arguments out loud helped all students. Many students were motivated to write well-supported arguments, knowing their classmates would be analyzing the strength of their arguments as they read. Also, listening students were often inspired by the sharing students and would add more to their own arguments as a result. Here's a student that improved her argument after listening to another student's argument: Constructing a Scientific Argument.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Developing Evidence-Based Arguments
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Measuring Time as the Earth Rotates and Revolves

Unit 4: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain how we can measure time as the Earth rotates and revolves.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students construct a Sun, Earth, & Moon model to demonstrate the rotation and revolution of Earth. Students also conduct online research to explore the relationships between Earth's motions and the measurement of time.

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Science, Earth and Space Science, Research and Technology, sun, stars, revolution, rotations, pattern, time, seasons
  90 minutes
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