Do your students struggle to write a cohesive scientific explanation? Mine did, and, as a result, I developed these resources.
With the Next Generation Science Standards being implemented across the country, there is a greater emphasis placed on students acting as scientists: conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and closely reading scientific texts. Students are also expected to write like scientists. For over a year, I struggled to find or create a graphic organizer that would assist my students in writing their scientific explanations. I finally came up with this system and haven't looked back since. By learning how to make a claim, support it with evidence, and give reasoning in a context that students are familiar with, they become much better at applying this strategy in science class.
Graphic Organizer: I have included 2 versions of the graphic organizer for your use. One includes two pieces of evidence while the other only asks for one piece of evidence.
Interactive Notebook Printable/"Cheat Sheet": I have students cut and glue this "cheat sheet" into their interactive science notebook and refer back to it throughout the year as they write scientific explanations. You can also just give it out as a handout if
Anchor Chart: I suggest blowing this up and posting it in your classroom. I keep it on a bulletin board throughout the year so that students can refer to it while writing their scientific explanations.
Rubric: This is the rubric I use when grading a student's scientific explanation. It is out of 20 points and includes five sections in which students can earn a maximum of four points in: organization, spelling and grammar, claim, evidence, and reasoning.
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You can also buy my Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Products individually:
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Anchor Chart
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Graphic Organizer
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Rubric
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning "Cheat Sheet" for Student Notebooks
Graphics by Meredith Anderson.