This expository reading passage, key vocab, summary questions, student activity sheet, and teacher key was created for upper elementary and middle school students.
This is a very popular lesson in my class that enriches body systems (skeletal) by having students play the role of a paleontologist that has discovered the bones of a new dinosaur. Students use a diagram of a human skeleton (included) to determine similarities and find clues to help correctly assemble the dinosaur skeleton.
Reading passage has academic and potentially confusing words bolded with definitions at the bottom of the page. Includes wrap up questions. Works great with interactive notebooks. The lesson includes two versions, one to be used with interactive notebooks and one for classrooms that do not utilize interactive science journals. Lesson also reinforces many English language arts standards (such as: “key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context”).
Hands on strategies and practice differentiate for different learning styles. Teacher key with all answers, additional web resources, and tips for enrichment included at no additional cost! Could be used as a science center, especially if students work as a group to assemble the skeleton. Would work well for a substitute! Approximately one to two class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). Created by Mister Science
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