Reflection: Rigor Persuasive Writing - "Who's the Best Parent?" - Part 1 - Section 2: Research:


The Science and Engineering practices asks that students obtain, evaluate, and communicate information. This can be done in many ways but one way is through grade level text and/or media.  In this lesson that is exactly what I am asking my students to do. 

Ways I Get My 1st Grader Students to Obtain Research

1.  In order for my youngsters to get the most out of nonfiction text I always teach them how to use the text features in research: headings, Table of Contents, captions, labels, index, etc. I model explicitly how to use these features .

2. Another tip that I find helpful is teaching my students how to use photographs to infer information.  This is really helpful for all the different readers in my classroom.  It allows my readers to go deeper into the text and further their learning through inferring.

3. I keep my students focused my narrowing the research question. In this lesson I ask my students to focus on finding out these four things:

  1. How does your animal protect her young?
  2. How does your animal feed her young?
  3. How does your animal show love to her young?
  4. How and what does your animal teach her young?

4.  I model how to use various graphic organizers to collect and organize research.  Depending on the lesson or time of year or individual student I may even provide an investigation worksheet.  I really like to give my students a blank page because I am always impressed and even shocked with what my students come up with.  

Ways I Get My 1st Grader Students to Evaluate Research

1. This is primarily done through my conferences with my students. In my conversations with my students I restate the question we are investigating and I ask my students to answer that/those questions and/or find the answer within their research.  This is when I see that "ah-ha" moment or the "oh-no, I have to do more research" moment.

 Ways I Get My 1st Grader Students to Communicate Research

1. Talk, talk, talk! Starting the first day of school I model how to talk and listen and then "notice and name" when my students are doing that too.  I always say things like:

  • "Wow! I noticed that ___ looked right at her partner while her partner was talking. That is polite listening behavior."
  • "I noticed that ____ let her partner talk first. That is kind."
  • "Guess what? I notice that _____really listened to her partner and then responded politely by saying I agree and then said why she agreed. That is called having a real conversation.

  Research in 1st Grade
  Rigor: Research in 1st Grade
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Persuasive Writing - "Who's the Best Parent?" - Part 1

Unit 5: Unit 5: Animal Families
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT create a written opinion to the question, "Who is the best animal parent?" This written piece will include scientific evidence and will be presented in a written piece that includes a lead sentence, quality reasons and a closing.

Big Idea: Did you say, "Who is the best animal parent?" Well guess what? We all have opinions about that! This lesson allows teachers to integrate ELA and science in a natural and purposeful way!

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