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Want to improve your students' science literacy? Want to have a fun way to get students writing about science when there is school on a holiday? Included are 18 writing prompts on the following topics:
1. New Year's Day- Earth's rotation
2. Valentine's Day- Dopamine
3. Chinese New Year- Lunar cycle
4. Groundhog Day- Scientific Method
5. President's Day- Rocks and erosion
6. St. Patrick's Day- Genetic Mutations
7. Easter- Eggs
8. Ramadan- Fasting
9. Mother's/Father's Day- Genetics
10. Memorial Day- Memories
11. 4th of July- Chemistry of fireworks
12. Halloween- Bats
13. Day of the Dead- Experimental Design
14. Veterans Day- PTSD
15. Thanksgiving- Tryptophan
16. Hanukkah- Heat Transfer
17. Christmas- Trees
18. Kwanzaa- Environmental footprint
Why use writing prompts?
All students need to improve their writing skills, especially English language learners. I created these writing prompts specifically for my ELL students. Writing is typically one of the lowest scoring categories on the state language proficiency exam. To help them improve, I assigned a writing prompt for homework BEFORE the lesson was taught. The goal is for students to think and write about scientific phenomena. Having them answer the prompt before the lesson was taught allowed me to assess prior knowledge, address misconceptions, and guide my teaching.
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