Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Planning an Investigation - Section 3: Explore


Today, I am reminded of the power of integrating reading and writing with science! ELA becomes more purposeful and meaningful to students. 

Here, Using Research to Develop Explanations, a student uses her reading research to develop a deeper understanding of today's investigation and the scientific concepts at hand. At first I thought that researching before completing an investigation might give all the answers away. However, today's lesson showed me that research prior to an investigation truly provides depth to the lesson. 

Later on, this same student uses her team's investigative results to write a conclusion: Writing a Conclusion. During this time, I walk the room and encourage students to meet our 5th grade writing goals (such as using correct conventions, constructing complete sentences, and providing more details).

  Writing Across the Disciplines: ELA Connection
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Planning an Investigation

Unit 1: Gravity
Lesson 6 of 19

Objective: SWBAT use the Scientific Method to plan and carry out a fair test.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will following the Scientific Method steps to investigate which will fall to the floor at a faster rate: a piece of paper or the same piece of paper crumpled into a ball.

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Science, Scientific Method (Science Skills), investigation, gravity, falling objects
  90 minutes
dropping paper
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