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).
This lesson, called Heat Wave, integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about the reversibility and irreversibility of matter due to heating and cooling. (It is not a lesson about differentiating between physical and chemical changes; that concept is addressed at a future grade level.)
1. Write careful observation notes in Science and Engineering Journals as demonstrations are viewed of reversible and irreversible changes in matter.
2. Use Heat Wave as a Read-Aloud book accompanied by accountable talk from readers. Identify which changes in matter in the book are reversible and which ones are not based on observation.
3. Write an argument – a summary - based on evidence that some changes in matter caused by heating and cooling can be reversed and some cannot.
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