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).
The Earth Changes lesson integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about gathering evidence-based information from a variety of sources to learn about both slow and quick earth changes.
1. Use mentor books as examples of how to write a non-fiction book conveying scientific information to readers.
2. Share in research using print and media resources to gather information about Earth events that occur both quickly and slowly. Write, sketch, and jot questions in order to record and grow thinking.
3. Use writing as a tool for learning and as a way to teach others.
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