Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Investigating Dinosaur Footprints to Develop Observation and Inferring Skills - Section 4: Using Claim-Evidence-Reasoning to Check for Understanding


As science educators we want our students to use evidence to defend their arguments.  The incorporation of Claim-Evidence-Reasoning gives students a structure allowing them to clearly communicate their explanations to various phenomena.  

Supporting the development of CER is important. Students are unlikely to be able to establish the difference between a claim, and evidence, unless they've had plenty of practice. I introduce CER in a prior lesson, which covers the steps of developing CER in students.

One of the marvelous aspects of developing CER is that it is a skill students need in all subjects, and if your school hasn't yet developed grade level CER protocols, you might be the person to get it started! Edutopia provides an across the curriculum approach to CER development that is worth checking out.

  Using C-E-R to assess student understanding
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Using C-E-R to Assess Student Understanding
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Investigating Dinosaur Footprints to Develop Observation and Inferring Skills

Unit 1: NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and the Nature of Science
Lesson 7 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to 1) make observations and inferences about dinosaur footprints and 2) alter or abandon previous hypotheses based on new evidence.

Big Idea: Students need exposure to actual scenarios that promote the nature of science. This lesson asks students to piece together explanations and then challenge their previous beliefs based on new findings.

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