Study of the Hand
Communicating is not only fundamental in science but in life as well. Students learn about the world through by observing using their 5 senses but it is essential to communicate what they learn. When students communicate through reading and writing, it reinforces what they are learning. This series of activities includes 5 lessons. The first lesson activates prior knowledge about communicating through discussion and writing. What are ways we communicate ? Lesson two is a study of each student’s hand. Students make a diagram by tracing their own hand, observing it closely, and coloring in all the details they observe. The diagram itself is a form of communicating; then, students are asked to tell all they observed about their hand to a partner. In the third lesson, Science Notes, students read aboutThe Amazing Hand to learn more details about the structure of the hand. The fourth lesson is a poem, Hoorah for Hands. Students read and do creative drama to illustrate each line in the poem. In the final lesson, students use the communication skill of writing to tell about their hands and how they use them. After these lessons, students have much to communicate! Included are teaching notes, teacher background, science notes, a poem, student recording pages, vocabulary cards, and rubrics for scoring.
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The Common Core State Standards practiced are:
With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.