Depth and Complexity GATE Frames for Chapters 1-7 for the MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Science Textbook for 4th grade, CA Science
Covers life, earth and physical science
content covered: ecosystems, photosynthesis, abiotic facts, living things and their environment, rocks and minerals, slow/fast changes to earth; electricity, & magnetism
These frames promote critical thinking and allow students to view science topics from multiple lenses
(over 15 frames included!)
Focuses on big ideas, details, multiple perspectives, across disciplines, patterns, trends, language of the discipline, etc.
Use the FRAMES as classwork, homework, partner work etc.
They can be a good springboard for a writing assignment where students summarize the main idea of the lessons.
How would an environment’s biomass change if plants could not carry out photosynthesis?
What new words & meanings help you understand the big idea of this lesson?
Suppose fruit-eating animals disappeared from an ecosystem. How would this affect the ecosystem?
Could the Dust Bowl happen again? Explain.
What is the big idea of this lesson?
What do these changes to Earth’s surface all have in common?
How can you make the magnetic field of an electromagnet stronger?.