Reflection: Standards Alignment What is Fracking? - Section 1: Engage


This is my quintessential ELA (Common Core aligned) lesson.  I like the subject matter because it is easy for students to develop an opinion. To help them develop their understanding I use movies and a contemporary article. In addition, the evidence from the article can be used to argue either side. 

One of my metacognition strategies is to have the students underline evidence from the article. This is great for two reasons. I can look over what they wrote to determine if there were misconceptions and then can address the misconceptions with the child. In addition, the student is thinking about using the evidence and alerting me to where they used it. 

My word wall strategy comes in handy also. Students are asked to circle words that can also be found on the word wall. An interesting thing has begun happening. Students have begun to ask me to place words on the word wall. Some are foolish (students want credit for a non-scientific word) but most are legitimate. One student said that I had neglected to add the word emission, adding, "Can I use it?" I said to him, "Good catch!"

Deep in my heart I was saying, "YIPEE!" 

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What is Fracking?

Unit 5: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: SWBAT compare the benefits of fracking with the environmental hazards in an effort to answer the question, "Should we frack? "

Big Idea: Have you heard of fracking? What is it and why is it in the news? Check out this science literacy lesson to learn how fracking impacts the environment.

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