Reflection: Routines and Procedures What is a Scientist? - Section 2: Writing and Science Pre-Assessment


I had originally planned to ask several questions during this lesson but as I looked out at the faces of my students on the first day of school, I was reminded that they are still essentially second graders!  So, I simplified and asked them just one question:  What is a scientist?  I chose to say “what” instead of “who” because I didn’t want names; I wanted a definition, with examples, that would give me an idea of how they conceptualize this profession.  It turned out that this one question was powerful enough to drive the entire session.  It both surprised and pleased me that they really had something they wanted to say about this prompt! 

After they wrote, I had volunteers (for the first 2 days of school I take volunteers instead of randomly calling on students) read their answer aloud.  This gave me the opportunity to model that essential beginning of the year reminder, respectful listening.  We were also able to practice those small but critical procedures such as pushing in one's chair, walking to the carpet, and sitting in the designated spot.  Teaching these simple procedures during the first week is essential to establishing an orderly classroom and it can easily be done within the context of lessons.  Unlike in kindergarten, it doesn't have to be it's own separate lesson!

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What is a Scientist?

Unit 1: Introduction to 3rd Grade Science
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: SWBAT create and defend their own answer to the question, "What is a scientist?" (lesson updated 5/29/15)

Big Idea: This activity provides baseline data about both content and concept knowledge and writing skills.

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Science, Science Skills, start of year 3rd grade, Writing Assessment, Writing Sample
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