Trying to work towards a student centered classroom? This ELA lesson involves students observing this odd looking Malaysian fruit, the Rambutan (can be found at your local Asian Market).
This lesson involves questioning, discussions, collaboration, science standards met, and a close reading of a nonfiction article.
Students first make their observations without knowing what the Rambutan fruit is. They fill out the scientist sheet with their observations and questions. They share collaboratively with partners about their thoughts and predictions.
Come together to the carpet and read through the article with highlighters for close reading. Use a world map to show students where this wonderful fruit grows!
Then, once students learn it is a fruit, cut it open and let them taste it and use their final sense to make their observation list complete!
The writing section uses what they have learned and observed first hand to share with others! Students can use the facts straight from the text to help in their scientific discovery of what a Rambutan fruit is.