Kinesthetic Writing, of Sortsby: Kirstin Bittel and Darrek Hernandez

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The ability to clearly communicate what was learned as the result of an experiment is a key component of science in general, not just science in the middle school classroom. The trick in the middle school classroom is teaching students how to write while making that writing meaningful and part of the everyday science experience, but not too time-consuming. To improve your students' ability to write quality conclusions at the end of every laboratory investigation, try using the Flipbook approach described in this article. This activity has proven very successful with not only mainstream students, but also with English Language Learners (ELLs) and special education (SPED) students as well.

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  • on Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:06 AM

This article describes how to create a foldable that teaches students how to write conclusions.

Jennifer Primrose
Jennifer Primrose

  • on Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:24 PM

I absolutely love foldables to 'hook and hold' the attention of my middle school scholars (they are also very helpful review tools when students are preparing for formal and informal assessments). In this article, the activity involving the use of flipbooks is a great idea. I have actually used flipbooks in my classroom; I've found that they have been successful not only with my talented and gifted scholars (TAG), but also with my English Language Learners (ELLs). As we move to the 'Next Generation Science Standards', the use of flipbooks could help our scholars to 'write to learn', as they summarize laboratory investigations and record their reasonings of various science concepts. Excellent article.

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:59 AM

The foldable idea presented in this article is an engaging way to teach how to write a conclusion. I will definitely use it in my classroom.

Jennifer Primrose
Jennifer Primrose

  • on Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:27 PM

I believe that "foldables" are a strong tool in supporting our students in their learning - I also love how these tools can be used throughout the school year. This journal article gives details on the development and construction of a flip-book that can be used to develop the skill of writing strong conclusions. My students will be completing this project during the first 2 weeks of school!

Alyce D  (Peyton, CO)
Alyce D (Peyton, CO)

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