Science Shorts: Taking a Look at the Moon by: Craig R. Leager

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The communication skills of reading and writing go hand in hand with science as natural partners for fostering students’ understandings of the world. The similarities that exist between reading and writing strategies and science-process skills add depth to instruction when these subject areas are brought together. In the following unit of study, students use science-process skills as they observe and record changes in the Moon’s appearance. Their growing knowledge of the Moon and its phases is strengthened through reading and writing strategies.

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  • on Fri May 04, 2012 1:17 PM

Understanding the changes in the moon’s image is something that is best understood by students in middle school. However, observing the changes are more appropriate for the younger student. This 5E model lesson is good and it also makes use of an interactive notebook. The use of both makes this a great activity to use with upper elementary students. At that grade level I would also use a reading book to introduce the unit.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:17 PM

The article includes a description of a long term project organized as a lesson plan about the phases of the moon that includes significant writing in a prescribed way so that students learn to communicate with each other about observations, etc. in writing.

Bambi Bailey  (Tyler, TX)
Bambi Bailey (Tyler, TX)

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