Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Post for the week of January 21, 2013


Post for the week of January 21, 2013

Readwritethink.org (the resource and lesson planning wing of NCTE) has a great collection of Martin Luther King lesson plans. Enjoy!

The Next Generation Science Standards in draft form are now open for public comment (until next week). Please send them to your science teacher friends for feedback.

I have been looking over the standards and am really impressed by the integration of literacy. For example, here is a 4th grade science standard:

4-LS1-a. Use simple models to describe that plants and animals have major internal and external structures, including organs, that support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

The applicable ELA standards (the connecting ELA standards are shown at the bottom of every page) include the following:

RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. (4-LS1-b)

SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace. (4-LS1-a)

SL.4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes. (4-LS1-a), (4-LS1-c)
 
Seeing this nice marriage of content and literacy skills so closely connected really gives me hope for these new standards.  The CCSS and the NGSS have made many efforts to keep the outcomes connected, resulting in continuity for teachers and student learning.

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