Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines The Experts - Day 3 - Section 3: Mini lesson


The CCSS asks that students engage in writing nonfiction texts throughout the school year starting as early as Kindergarten.  One strategy for providing my students authentic opportunities for this type of writing is within each and every science lesson. The NGSS asks that students recall and gather information from sources. So, whether it is a constructed response, a “Teaching Book,” Science Journal entries, a written plan, a hypothesis or data we are always writing in science recalling and gathering information. I consider this writing time one of the most important parts of our science time together however nonfiction writing does not begin and end in science.  My students need explicit instruction to successfully write nonfiction. They must learn its structures, features and explicit language.  I allow my students time each day to wonder, discover and write in a way that fuels their natural curiosity and desire to learn.  Together we discover text features and rich language that make up nonfiction text and use this language to support our writing. 

During this writing instruction we create anchor charts and use these as a reference during our science writing. These anchor charts also supports our writing in other subjects as well.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Nonfiction Writing - Let' Teach our Readers!
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The Experts - Day 3

Unit 3: Unit 3: Celetial Patterns: The Sun, The Moon and Stars
Lesson 21 of 21

Objective: SWBAT add illustrations for each chapter of their books that teach what they have learned about the patterns of our celestial objects.

Big Idea: We get to draw like scientists!! It is time to continue our nonfiction writing on the patterns in space!!

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