Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Patterns in the Stars - Section 3: Explore


I decided to use a text that does include one word I know my students are going to be unfamiliar with. But, they are still going to be able to determine the question even though I have to stop and explain the word "seldom" as I read to them. I like to expose my students to complex text in science, because I feel students learn more about vocabulary when they see it in context. The really develop an understanding of what the word means. I do not pre-teach vocabulary, because the word has no "real" meaning to my students until they hear it in context. So, when I help them make the connection and really understand what the new word means they really get it. I find this is a more natural way of teaching vocabulary.

  Grappling with Complexity: Vocabulary
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Patterns in the Stars

Unit 5: The Sun, Earth, and Moon
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT explain why stars are visible in the night and not the day.

Big Idea: Allow students to particpate in answering a scientific question by reading about and exploring the stars.

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