четверг, 13 августа 2015 г.

Charting Science Writing

Charting Science Writing
Charting Science Writing

“The Scientific Writing Method” chart with a couple of close-ups to show the tips.

Introducing the scientific process with some prompts to use when talking and writing.
Introducing the scientific process with some prompts to use when talking and writing.

Exemplars were created to give the young scientists a vision of how their writing could go. This chart was created to support students with the procedure part of the lab report. It was exciting to see the children discuss the things they noticed in the exemplars and put those things into their own lab reports. The children were eager to use the exemplars as models for their own writing, to set goals, and to become independent. Young scientists looked at their own writing alongside the exemplars and used the exemplars to give their partners “stars” and “wishes” or compliments and tips.


This exemplar chart provides clear expectations and suggestions for including procedural writing.
This exemplar chart provides clear expectations and suggestions for including procedural writing.

Here are some other exemplars that were created during the first part of our units.


This exemplar has been annotated with the class' observations.
This exemplar has been annotated with the class’ observations.

Close-up of the annotations written on post-it notes.
Close-up of the annotations written on post-it notes.

This shows how technical drawings are labeled.
This shows how technical drawings are labeled.

Another goal of this unit was to increase academic vocabulary. These charts and tools give students the vocabulary they need to share their learning and thinking during discussions and through their writing. The vocabulary was introduced and reinforced through real alouds, shared reading, video clips, experiments and writing. The young scientists use these charts to show everything they know.


Two different ways to highlight  science vocabulary.
Two different ways to highlight science vocabulary.

Descriptive vocabulary to use when observing like a scientist.
Descriptive vocabulary to use when observing like a scientist.

We also wanted the young scientists to be able to use writing and the scientific process to be able to deepen their understanding and thinking. Scientists analyzed their results to draw conclusions and share their thinking. The writing on this chart was done with Jenna’s second grade class during shared writing. The chart was then created during writing minilessons when Jenna and Nicole were teaching students how to develop their conclusions and revise their thinking. They give students a model of how to share their learning through their writing.


Annotating the shared writing helps reinforce the teaching.
Annotating the shared writing helps reinforce the teaching.

Small versions of the charts were made and are available for the young scientists to use.


Another fun way to create table charts.
Another fun way to create table charts.

The young scientists are now using these charts and tools to support each other and work collaboratively in science clubs. In their clubs they make decisions, have different roles, formulate questions, and go through the process of gathering the materials to conduct experiments.


Science reading clubs came up with their own group names.
Science reading clubs created their own group names.

The prompts on the charts guide the students and help them have more meaningful scientific conversations about their learning and discoveries. As a result, each student has developed an identity as a scientist who is curious about the world and knows how to search for answers and share scientific results and thinking with others.


Best of luck,


Liz, Jenna, Nicole, and Katie


Original article and pictures take http://chartchums.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/charting-science-writing/ site


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