Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Life in the Stream - Section 3: Independent Practice


I include a narrative writing task in this unit to provide students with a chance to share their knowledge about salmon in a creative manner. Assessing students' writing about science allows me to see which concepts and vocabulary the students have generalized. Being able to use scientific facts in a different context demonstrates a deep level of understanding. 

In this task, many of my students included details about the alevin's transformation into a fry, the fry's immense appetite, and the predators that young salmon face. I was pleased that the students were able to incorporate these details into narrative works that were highly creative. Most student stories were written in the first person.

When I record the grades from this assignment, I record the writing and science grades separately. 

  Writing About Science
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Writing About Science
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Life in the Stream

Unit 8: Salmon
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT describe how salmon eggs, alevins, and fry live in the stream ecosystem.

Big Idea: Young salmon are part of the stream ecosystem.

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