Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines What Type of Nuts Are Grown on Farms? - Section 5: Independent Writing


Today the students wrote about what they learned about nuts. In looking at their work, some students decided to focus on a particular nut.

For example, one student wrote what she learned about almonds and gave us information about when those trees bloom and what becomes of nuts once they harvested. She provided many details. Some of her sentences were run-ons and had syntax errors, but what I liked was her enthusiasm in writing about almonds. 

Another student wrote, "edible means you can eat it." Defining terms in their writing is a skill the CCSS demand. Here for this student it happened naturally because I set it up that way. This student also wrote about the different parts of the nut and was excited to do so. She was good about naming the parts. Another student pointed how nuts are a rich source of protein! I feel that in learning about nuts my students took a greater interest in having them as snacks.

A third writing piece provides simple sentences and does not elaborate on the key details. Yet, all these writers wrote about what they found interesting. They had a choice and to the best of their ability integrated the content knowledge and the formation of sentences. They are making progress, and I like very much again how they are integrating the academic vocabulary in their writing. 

Overall, I feel most of students' writing feels fresh. And I believe it is because I am providing rich content.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: What Have They Learned About Nuts
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What Type of Nuts Are Grown on Farms?

Unit 7: Farms
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details in an informational text.

Big Idea: Trees grow a variety of crops, including nuts. As we learn about nut farms, my students are building their background knowledge, which will complement their understanding of the setting in our companion unit on Charlotte's Web.

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