Below is a List of Reading and Writing Activities You Can Do in Your Science ClassroomI. Writing Activities
1. What is it? How does it help with writing? How does it help with thinking?
2. PowerPoint Presentation from www.sciencenotebooks.org
3. http://www.middleschoolscience.com/notebook.htm- example of how it looks online
4. Do not grade science notebooks, instead providespecific, timely feedback.
5. Feedback can be given on post-it notes torespect student space. More information on the FOSS website at http://archive.fossweb.com/modulesMS/pdfs/MS_Science_Notebook_Folio.pdf.6. For correct notebook formats and for absent students you have to have a Teacher Notebook that models what it should look like and what information you covered that day.7. Lab write ups should includea. Hypothesisc. ConclusionB. Daily Science Journal - Students keep a journal answering questions that review yesterday's material. Great bell work!C. Expository Essay - requires a student to explain or inform using facts; there are no opinions stated in an expository essay2. Directions for Teachers - Directions for Modeling it for Students4. Physics Applied to Sports - Students research one sport and then write an essay about how the sport relates to physics5. More Physics Applying to Sports - Every sport you can imagine including the circus!!!D. Directions for Teachers - How to Assign a Narrative Essay - requires a student to tell a story usually from the first person1. Point of View Storiesa. Bee Story about Pollinationb. Food's Journey (digestion)c. Ups and Downs of a Rollercoaster (physics)2. Personal Experiencesb. Storm Stories (weather/meteorology)c. My family (genetics)3. Process Storiesa. Water Cycleb. Rock Cyclec. Carbon CycleE. Directions for Teachers - How to Assign a Persuasive Essay - there is no right or wrong answer so students defend their answer2. Then you need to assign the essay and determine how it will be gradedF. Business Letters1. Letter to the Editor (Energy)2. Letters to scientists or experts3. Can be fiction - Letter to the President from an AlienG. Creative Writing1. Pathogen Poetry3. Children's Books (Book of Energy, Book of Planets)4. Question and Answer Book5. Cartoons (science safety)H. Word Wall PanelsI. Other Ideas1. Public Service Announcements (anti smoking, water conservation, recycling; DHMO lesson plan and video)2. Recipes (chemistry)3. Travel Guides (biomes, planets)5. Rewrite nursery rhymes/songs - Twinkle Twinkle Little StarII. Reading Activities
i. Tovani – “What good readers do”ii. SQ3Riii. Close Reading
b. Case Studies
d. Biographies of Famous Scientists
e. Read-a-louds (topic related fiction, poetry, non-fiction)
f. Fiction Book reports (science fiction)
g. Activities folders
k. Flashcardsl. Word Roots (The Language of Life Science)m. Researching Physics in Sports