CER Claim Evidence Reasoning for the Secondary Science Class (Distance Learning)

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
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Product Overview: Do your students struggle with writing good explanations in science? Then this CER Claim-Evidence-Reasoning resource is just for you. Over the years I have developed some successful strategies to advance students writing in science. This CER Resource is not just another graphic organizer, rather it is a clear teaching resource that you can implement right away and see your students writing improve immediatly!

CER Resources Included

1) CER Students Digital Flipbook in Google Slides: In this flipbook students are clearly guided through the CER framework. Each page in the flipbook breaks down how to write a claim, then evidence and finally reasoning. It provides clear sentence stems that can be used immediatly. (A PDF version is provided if you want to print and have at your science tables too). This flipbook is meant to be a resource that students can access digitially or printed when writing.

2) CER Digital Response Writing Template in Google Docs: This google document clearly outlines how to enter each part of a CER Response in both a color and black and white version. All parts are editable so you can add any prompt, directions and even sentence frames if needed. (The black and white version can then be printed for students if wanted)

3) CER Thinking Map: This is provided digitally in Google Slides or printable PDF and can be used when working with a text, video, or any other activity.

4) CER Text Based Document: This template is based on the strategy known as Says-Means-Matter where students use a text or multiple sources to find exact evidence from a text, paraphrase and determine its importance to prepare to make a claim based on any resource (text, video, chart, etc). It is fully editable in Google Docs so you can assign with specific text if wanted digitally or edit and print for students.

Suggested Unit: ANY-can be used for any content or unit

Activity Information:

This resource includes a zip file with two PDF documents. One PDF is a printable version of the CER Student Flipbook, while the other includes teacher directions, printable organizers and links to the digital documents.

These were specifically designed to be used with students immediatly in class. When students use them regularly their writing will siginificantly improve. The first time you use any of the resources I would provide a guided model for students.

Product Information:

The Google Slide digital flipbook is not editable, except for the text portions in order to allow you to modify any sentence stems if you would like. All google documents are fully editable.

Terms of Use:

Do not post this unless it is on a secured classroom site like Google Classroom.

1 License: 1 Teacher = 1 License

Please value my work and do not place on a shared drive. Please refer teachers to my site Summer's Science Learning Corner to purchase additional licenses.


Feedback is important as I recently began to offer digital resources. If you have questions or concerns please email me at summerslearningcorner@gmail.com or through TPT and I will try to help you as soon as possible. I appreciate your support and feedback.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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