Cell Differentiation Common Core Close Reading Activity:
"Cellular Differentiation Makes A Difference"
This interesting article on how cells differentiate is the perfect lesson for encouraging common core closer reading techniques. The informative reading with text based questions asks students to seek evidence and write meta-cognitive markers that are color coded for use in citations. There is also a meaningful concept map that works perfect with textbook reading or lecture. I like to use several good You tube clips on cell differentiation to introduce the lesson.
The two fun activities that check for understanding are a nice way to break up the time; A Fact Swap and Exit Tickets. I have found these are really helpful in getting meaningful discussions started with high student interest.
Your students will be using text complexity to recognize purpose, text structure, language features and more. This is a real world topic students want to know more about.
This Lesson includes:
Article on Cell Differentiation with meta-cognitive marker space
Science Reading: Handout for "Thinking Markers" or (meta-cognitive markers)
Exit ticket Activity for article handout
Concept Map Cluster handout for animal and plant differentiation with key
Handout with Text Based Questions for, "Cellular Differentiation Makes A Difference" article with color coding citation activity
Handout for, The Great Stem Cell Fact Swap Activity (good closer)