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Students will use a K-W-L chart to learn about dinosaurs or fossils.
1. Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
2. Manifest Scientific Attitudes and Interests
3. Understand Science Concepts and Principles
4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
Invitation to Learn
Have students say the tongue twister, “She sells seashells by the seashore” three times as fast as they can. Tell them that it is about Mary Anning, who grew up in the early 1800’s on the coast of England. She collected shells to sell in her father’s souvenir shop. When she was only 12 years old, she discovered her first fossil skeleton. It was a dolphinlike reptile called an Ichthyosaur. She found many other marine fossils during her life that are now displayed in museums all over the world.
Fountas, I. C., Pinnell, G. S. (2001). Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6. Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy, Chapter 15.
Literature study contributes to student learning in five ways: expanding reading comprehension strategies, learning to think critically, appreciating the aesthetic qualities of literature, developing communication skills, and extending writing skills.
Marzano, R.J., Pickering, D.J., & Pollock, J.E. (2001). Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, Chapter 3.
Summarizing and note-taking are two of the most useful academic skills for students to cultivate. They provide students with tools for identifying and understanding the most important aspects of what they are learning.