Reflection: Complex Tasks What is in Our Drinking Water? - Section 2: Guided Practice


Because the text found in the drinking water quality report is intended for an informed adult audience, scaffolding is necessary to ensuring that students can access the complex text. To help students experience success with this task, I utilize preteaching of tier III vocabulary, guided practice, and connection to prior knowledge to aid the students in their class work. First, I preteach scientific and technical terms with which the students many not be familiar. Second, I use a guided practice model when we review the text. This allows students to ask questions and receive immediate feedback and guidance from their teacher. Third, I make connections between the material we read and our previous lesson. Students will be familiar with several of the tests conducted on drinking water since they have conducted similar tests at the stream site. I make explicit to students these connections between our reading material and our classroom experiences. 

  Scientific Vocabulary
  Complex Tasks: Scientific Vocabulary
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What is in Our Drinking Water?

Unit 6: Watersheds and Water Quality
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use the water quality parameters discussed in the previous lesson to determine the quality of our school's drinking water.

Big Idea: Drinking water can be tested for quality using chemical tests.

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Science, Human Impact on Earth, water, Environmental Education
  60 minutes
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