Reflection: Lesson Planning Scientific Instrument Recommendations for the SCL - Section 1: NGSS Connections and Class Preparation


I want my students to exhibit the ability to think and communicate like engineers and scientists, this includes writing like an engineer and/or scientist, to communicate the discoveries and new learning. This is an aspect that is indirectly touched on in the NGSS through the performance based standards.

In this lesson I am setting expectations for students to synthesize their scientific lab (link to lesson) data with their SCL trials (link to lesson). That is a tall order for my students since they have not had any directed lessons on writing lab reports, other than writing observations and conclusions that refer to observations as the evidence. To help my students scaffold their summary, I have provided a framed letter. 

It is important to me that I help develop independent thinkers who can set up their own conclusions and summaries. My goal is to move students away from framed sentences to help them develop a deeper level of thinking about their work. To help with this aspect of scientific writing, I will be referring to  Lucy Caulkins work: Grade 2; Unit 2; Information: Lab Reports and Science Books.


  Lesson Planning: Scientfic Writing
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Scientific Instrument Recommendations for the SCL

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Deep Ocean to Rocky Shore Adaptations and Submersible Designs
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: SWBAT recommend scientific instruments for the SCL based on their observations and trials.

Big Idea: Engineers summarize their data and observations when they make their scientific instrument recommendations to Ocean Explorers of the World.

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