Reflection: Lesson Planning Insect Scavenger Hunt - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


This lesson included a student book that had the students decoding and making decisions about what they read. The students really enjoyed making this book and asked if they could include it in their Daily 5 reading boxes.  My answer was an enthusiastic "yes".

As a teacher, I often struggle to get science in during the day.  There is such a push for literacy and math that science often goes by the wayside.  I like planning lessons like this one that have my students participating in grade appropriate language arts activities like the creation of this book. 

I think as teachers we need to be able to justify choosing to teach science on a regular basis.  With a regular focus on science, my students have developed an amazing vocabulary.  These are not words that are simply memorized, but words they can actually use and apply to situations.  They also know how to summarize information, make predictions and draw conclusions.  These are all important literary skills.  The learning of these skills is probably more meaningful because the students are excited to be participating in science learning. 

If anyone questions me about the amount of time I spend on science, I am prepared to defend my instructional decisions.  I am also saving samples of work to demonstrate how my students are able to develop both literacy and mathematical skills while growing as scientists. 

  Reading and Science
  Lesson Planning: Reading and Science
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Insect Scavenger Hunt

Unit 9: Exploring Insects
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to classify organisms as insects by completing a scavenger hunt.

Big Idea: The students have learned the basic characteristics of insects. Now it is time to have fun apply those characteristics is this classification activity that gets students up and moving.

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Science, Science Skills, questioning strategy, ELL, insects
  50 minutes
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