Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Glaciers Create Big Changes-- Let's Write About It! - Section 3: Organizing Ideas


Writing can be a challenge for most second grade students.  It is difficult for the children to sequence steps plus add sufficient detail for the writing to be clear for the reader.  

I have to honest with you.  When doing this assignment, at first I just had the children write how a glacier changes the shape of the land just from their previous notes.  The children wrote lots and lots of great details about glaciers, but their writing did not focus on the scientific concept that I wanted them to focus on--how glaciers change the shape of the land.  So I took a step back and thought about how I could make this better so they would be able to reach the NGSS standard.

 I realized that the children needed a tool to not only help them organize their thoughts, but one that also gave them focus.  They needed to visualize the steps in the process and specific words that would help them sequence their ideas.  I knew the simple words--first, next and last would be my lifesaver!  These same words would also help them turn down the path that I wanted them to go, without giving too much scaffolding.  

Knowing this, I created this simple frame for the to write their ideas down.  It gives them a focus as to what they need to write.  I tried the new organizer out with my class to have them write about how glaciers change the shape of the land.  This simple idea turned out to be a game changer for my class.   Their ideas were completely different than the first time.  The writing was clear and focused.

  Organizers Can Make the Difference!
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Organizers Can Make the Difference!
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Glaciers Create Big Changes-- Let's Write About It!

Unit 7: Earth's Changes
Lesson 12 of 21

Objective: SWBAT write an explanation of how glaciers change the land.

Big Idea: Glaciers are massive and change the land slowly. Let's be a scientist by using our observational notes to write about these changes.

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Science, landscape, volcanoes, mountain, earth, glaciers, Land, Earthquakes
  50 minutes
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