Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Not Your Ordinary Life Cycle...Metamorphosis! - Section 2: Engage/Explore


Literacy in Science

Today’s lesson on metamorphosis incorporated reading informational text as part of learning about this particular life cycle.  I used literacy within this lesson to help focus and motivate student learning. It is important for students to recognize that science is more than just investigations; it’s another avenue of exploring new concepts and gaining new ideas.  Good science literature or text encourages students to interact with the reading which helps them to learn, think, and talk about science.  Literacy in science has many benefits beyond bringing light to scientific concepts to students. It helps students develop academic vocabulary which is critical as students learn to write and speak science. In addition to developing vocabulary, literacy in science allows students to clarify misconceptions, gather evidence to support their claims, and help them develop scientific reasoning. Using literacy in science in combination with hands on investigations can help students make the connection between abstract and concrete ideas.

I use a variety of science text within my classroom. I find using an assortment exposes my student to more than one style of writing and even scientific points of view. Often, there are times I provide them with more than one text to seek out information because I think it is important for students to recognize the variety of styles of texts out there and that science concepts can be presented in all way. Examples of science texts include articles from online like National Geographic kids, Kids Discover, Time for KidsKids Discovery, and our classroom set of textbooks (Scott Foresman, The Diamond Edition), books from the library, etc. really anything that encourages and motivates my students to be curious and want to learn more. Using literacy in science is really essential to getting students to develop their scientific reasoning skills, which are real world skills students need as they apply their understanding of ideas and concepts in various forms like writing, performance tasks, reflections, etc.

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Not Your Ordinary Life Cycle...Metamorphosis!

Unit 3: Ecosystems and Interactions
Lesson 16 of 19

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between incomplete and complete metamorphosis.

Big Idea: Students will research two insects and create a diagram illustrating the stages of its metamorphic life cycle.

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Science, Ecosystems, interaction
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