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Integrating Science Notebooks with the New California English Language Arts Standards. Carol Sackett and John MacDevitt Working to Improve Science Education (WISE) San Francisco Unified School District. Science Notebooks. Serve as a record of student work Document students’ thinking

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Integrating science notebooks with the new california english language arts standards

Integrating Science Notebooks with the New California English Language Arts Standards

Carol Sackett and John MacDevitt

Working to Improve Science Education (WISE)

San Francisco Unified School District


Science notebooks

Science Notebooks

  • Serve as a record of student work

  • Document students’ thinking

  • Give students opportunity to organize authentic data

  • Increase students’ English Language vocabulary


Rationale for connecting expository writing to science

Rationale for Connecting Expository Writing to Science

It is becoming more and more important to integrate subjects due to limitations of time and higher expectations for students.

The content that students learn in science is a perfect vehicle for expository writing.

Writing helps students develop their ideas and clarify their scientific thinking.


Objective

Objective

At the end of today’s investigation you will have evidence that:

  • writing in notebooks can be the text for expository writing genres.

  • the content that students are learning in science can be used to meet the goals of language arts instruction.


Activity mystery substance

Activity: Mystery Substance

Adapted from

FOSS Mixtures and Solutions

Investigation 2- Reaching Saturation


Prior information

Prior information

  • Scientists are often able to identify a substance based on its properties.

  • One property of a substance is solubility.

  • A solution is saturated when no more solid can dissolve in it.

    • Words in red indicate science vocabulary


Notebook entry focus question and prediction

Notebook entry:Focus question and prediction

What substance is is this?

  • Epsom salt

  • Citric Acid

  • Baking soda

  • Alum

  • Sodium Chloride

    Prediction: I think this substance is __________ because _________.


Notebook entry observation

Notebook entry:Observation

Observe the dry substance

  • Use descriptive language and/or a labeled sketch to document your observations

    • Sketch

    • List

    • Table

    • T-chart


Recording observations

Recording Observations


Procedure test for solubility

Procedure: Test for Solubility

Add 50 ml of water to bottle.

Add one level spoonful (5ml) of substance to the bottle. (Use a funnel.)

Shake the bottle until the substance dissolves.

Repeat procedure of adding spoonful and shaking until substance reaches saturation.


Notebook entry keeping track of data

Notebook Entry:Keeping track of data

Decide how you will keep track of number of spoonfuls you add. (tally, graph, etc)

Decide what other observations you will record and where you will record them.


Notebook entry more information or reference

Notebook entry:More information or reference

Look at the data sheet. Tape it into your science notebook.

Using information on the resource sheet, decide what you think your substance is.


Notebook entry claim and evidence

Notebook Entry: Claim and evidence

I claim that the substance I have is________________.

I think this because _______________ _________________________________.


5th grade science standards

5th Grade Science Standards

  • Students know differences in chemical and physical properties of substances are used to separate mixtures and identify compounds.

  • Students know the common properties of salts, such as sodium chloride (NaCl).

  • Record data by using appropriate graphic representations (including charts, graphs, and labeled diagrams) and make inferences based on those data.


California s common core content standards for english language arts 5 th grade writing standards

California’s Common Core Content Standards for English Language Arts5th grade Writing Standards

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cc


5 th grade ela standards

5th Grade ELA Standards

1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts...

2. Write informative/explanatory texts...

3. Write narratives to develop ... experiences or events...

4. Produce clear and coherent writing ...

7. Conduct short research projects ...

8. ... summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work


Some pertinent ela writing standards 5 th grade

Some pertinent ELA Writing Standards 5th Grade

1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts...

b. Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

2d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

3. Write narratives to develop real experiences using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


Summary

Summary

  • Hands-on science investigations are an excellent vehicle for developing expository writing skills.

  • Authentic writing during a science investigation serves as a resource for writing a variety of expository genres: procedural, opinion, summary, persuasive as identified in the Common Core Standards.


San francisco unified school district working to improve science education wise

San Francisco Unified School DistrictWorking to Improve Science Education (WISE)

Carol Sackett

[email protected]

John MacDevitt

[email protected]


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