The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because they need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative the science standards be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop series does just that. As a matter of fact, this lesson is also included as a part of a larger, 10 lesson + science journal compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop 2nd Grade Compilation (10 lessons and Journal).
Build and Rebuild integrates science, reading, listening, and writing standards. It is a lesson about arguing from evidence based on observations of how one object can be disassembled and made into a new object.
1. Use Wyldstyle: The Search for the Special as a Read-Aloud book accompanied by accountable talk from readers.
2. Make observations while watching pairs of students blindly instruct each other about how to build, teardown, and rebuild an object from building blocks such as LEGOs. Students should realize a great variety of objects can be built from a small set of pieces.
3. Write an opinion piece about which team was best at making exact replicas based on oral instructions. Students will supply reasons supporting their opinion, connect their opinion and their reasons, and provide a concluding statement. Expectations should match students’ skills and goals.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Second Grade, 2nd Grade CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS 2-PS1-3, Next Generation Science Standards 2-PS1-3