Getting to Know My Scientist
(This sheet will be used when they present tomorrow.) Due- August 30, 2016
- The scientist I researched was__________________________.
- What did your scientist do to become famous:
- How did your scientist make an impact with his or her invention:
- What did you learn about your scientist?
This year our school is implementing the Next Generation State Standards. We are teaching science across the curriculum.
3-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth,
growth, reproduction, and death.
The performance expectations above were developed using the following elements from the NRC document A Framework for K-12 Science Education:
Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
building and revising simple models and using models to
represent events and design solutions.
Develop models to describe phenomena. (3-LS1-1)
Common Core State Standards Connections:
RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how
key events occur). (3-LS1-1)
SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or
enhance certain facts or details. (3-LS1-1)
Production and Distribution of Writing:
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories
Directions: Research two trees (answer and write all the questions in a sheet)
- Research one tree from California and another tree from another state.
- Research the trees and use the graphic organizer to write facts.
- What patterns did you see?
- Why do you think the Californian tree you chose is different from the tree you chose from another state.
- What does phenology mean?
- How does a tree change throughout the year?
- Why does the tree change through the year?
- How do you identify a tree species?
- How is this tree used (economically,
- How can you identify how old is the tree?
- How old is the tree?
- How tall is the tree?
- Vegetation – what types, quantity, invasive species, etc.
- Animals – species, status, diversity, etc.
- Water – sources, locations, currents, etc.
- Human impacts – settlements/activities
- Draw a map of the trees you chose
- Do a diorama of the trees you choose and label everything that is in your diorama.
- Do poem
- Do- the sketch and label your ecosystem.
This year our school is preparing children to set goals as well as to develop and action plan they are going to execute to achieve their specific goal to master their measured skilled. I currently teach third grade and yes sometimes my students get overwhelmed with all these new topics, skills, strategies, and changes because it is new to them and they have not being exposed to think. I always remind my students that we are not perfect and that we all learn from our mistakes. The important thing is to look back and reflect
- what did I do wrong?
- How can I do better?
- What can I do to do better?
As educators we need to guide our students on how to fix their misconceptions, so they can be the best they can. Also, we will be teaching them to set and achieve goals, which we need to develop that skill so we can be successful in live as well as to look back and think what I am doing wrong and how can I improve?
In all my lessons I introduce the standard, learning target, and through out the lesson I point out the strategies we are doing and I also asked them questions. I am teaching my students to take notes, to reflect, as well as to go back and use their notes as reference.
For the past two weeks I am teaching my students to set goals as well as to develop an action plan. We brainstorm as a class and they came up with a lot of great suggestions.
I am posting some great resources that I found on-line for the kids to use for their action plan to master their specific goal.
This year my students are a little challenging but that is ok. I always find different strategies to teach them. I am always looking for resources and modifying then to their needs. I am strong believer that all students can learn when you are challenging them and working at their level as well as moving the students forward. I know that teaching is and can be challenging but when I see my students engage during the lesson and understanding a topic I think is worth it.
In the month of February we started on our unit on Fractions. The common errors or misconceptions that I saw with my students was that a few of them were not able to show me different possible ways on partitioning a whole into different ways because they were lacking the concept of symmetry. We are still working on that and I am incorporating art so they can be able to draw.
I do a lot of hands on activities with my students and I use a lot of modeling and guiding with my students. Also, the students are in groups and most of the help each other. In addition, we are also working on evaluating and criticizing each other work. I pick my students strategically and then I will ask do agree or disagree with her and why. They have to tell me why. Also, we are learning to self correct our work. The first thing I did was I model and guide them through the process step by step and I would do a lot of think alouds.
I am also teaching my students to look for key words when we are working on word problems. I also use this graphic organizer with them.
|| what is the problem asking you to do?
| what is given to you?
|| Plan: How are you going to solve the problem
Show me and explain step by step
This graphic organizer has helped the students on analyzing as well as solving the word problem.
This are some resources for the unit on fractions: