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 Water on Earth lesson integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about the location of water on Earth and whether it exists as a liquid or solid. Maps as models will be used to represent shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
1. Introduce the concept of a model as a representation of something real.
2. Use Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? as a Read-Aloud book to provide information about different places water is found on Earth and whether it is in a liquid or solid state.
3. Use maps as models of the Earth to determine what kinds of land and bodies of water are in a given area.
Use writing as a tool for learning and as a way to teach others about water on Earth.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Second Grade, 2nd Grade, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS 2-ESS2-2 & 2-ESS2-3, Next Generation Science Standards 2-ESS2-2 & 2-ESS2-3