Do your students struggle to write a cohesive scientific explanation? Mine did, and, as a result, I developed this resource.
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 organizer and haven't looked back since. I have noticed a clear improvement in the way my students organize their explanations. In addition, they seem to have a better grasp on what pieces to include in order to write a successful explanation.
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. Additionally, I made the product editable so that you can customize it for your classroom.
I hope you find this tool as useful as I have! Please leave feedback.