Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation CLOUDS! - Section 6: Summarizing and Assessing the Task


An easy way to write across the disciplines is to connect an opinion piece to this lesson. 
I like to have students use facts from their clouds and experiences from their conversations to help them form an opinion-- which cloud type is the most interesting? 
The introductory sentence is, The most interesting cloud type is ___________ because ____________.  This frame may seem easy, but it is a solid way to connect this science skill to students' speaking/listening experiences while forming a personal opinion piece (as noted in the first writing standards for Kindergarten).  Also, it is easy for students to complete this piece of writing because they are intrinsically motivated to share their own opinion.  After all, what five year old doesn't want to tell you their thoughts? :)  Finally, I like to have students differentiate their writing- some students give one supporting sentence after their frame while others give five!  This task takes little to no teacher planning but it really engages and pushes students to make connections and come up with a solid piece of final work (which can serve as a final assessment)!


For an additional science connection, when I have time, I would love to do a fun science experiment and create clouds in a bottle!  Until I have the time though, I will watch this video of someone else making clouds!

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Unit 15: Cross Curricular Experiences
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast three main types of clouds.

Big Idea: Make comparing and contrasting fun, visual and FLUFFY! :)

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