Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Awesome, Weird, Cool...Not! - Section 5: Closure


When I designed this lesson, I didn't realize how challenging finding the precise words would be for my students! The student's simple chart was a very easy way to for me to see where their language levels are for precision and vocabulary, as well as a context for me to refer to as they get better at it. They will keep these samples in their science folder for reference during vocabulary lessons in Language Arts and for science lessons if they are struggling as they fill out notebooks or write paragraphs. It's a good reminder and resource for them to look at to measure their "precise language" growth. It builds on this staircase of complexity as language gets more difficult in science and develops their understanding of the need for precision during communication of thoughts or observations. This helps support the teaching challenge of helping them communicate science more fluently and comfortably as they become better writers!

  Samples of Finding the Right Words
  Staircase of Complexity: Samples of Finding the Right Words
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Awesome, Weird, Cool...Not!

Unit 1: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use more precise and accurate scientific vocabulary to observe, describe and explain as they use their specialized senses to make sense of science.

Big Idea: From observing a cat to touching and describing mysterious things in brown paper bags, students learn to understand that specialized senses and precise words go hand in hand in developing good inquiry skills.

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Science, Content Vocabulary , Language Arts, precision
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