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).
Scientists answer questions; engineers design solutions. Science in the Schoolyard integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about observing diversity and making comparisons among ecosystems and their living organisms.
1. Make observations about real organisms (if available) and/or use media provided in this lesson for productive group work. Write observation notes in students’ Science and Engineering Journals.
2. Use Nature’s Patchwork Quilt as a Read-Aloud book accompanied by accountable talk from readers.
3. Write a 4-page science lab report including a hypothesis page, procedural page, results page, and conclusion page. The goal will be to do the best writing the students can do. Expectations should match students’ skills and goals.
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