Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Exploring Renewable Energy - Section 4: Evaluate


A CER is a format used in science. It is probably similar to expository writing formats students will be learning in ELA. Making a connection to students' ELA teacher(s) prior to introducing CER is a strategic move that could make the entire process much simpler. That way you can align your language, expectations, and instructions to students to what they are hearing in another classroom. 

An excellent resource for teaching CER to students is found on Edutopia. Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation provides a series of lesson resources that can be used to develop student understanding of CER, in an engaging way.

Additional resources to support students in writing a CER:

1.  CER Graphic Organizer

2.  Transition Words

  Grappling with Complexity: Claims-Evidence-Reasoning
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Exploring Renewable Energy

Unit 8: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Big Idea: Students explore the benefits of renewable energy and its impact in maintaining biodiversity.

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Science, Renewable Energy, ecosystem, ELL, interaction, Energy, dynamic
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