Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Let it (rigorously) SNOW!

Looking for ways to add some academic reason to the season as we wind down 2013? Here are some great resources to engage students in relevant and rigorous tasks.

Explore Snowflakes: Science-themed lessons on shapes, weather, and even valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory.... 


Year End Reflections and New Year's Resolutions offer a great opportunity to introduce CCSS-style writing tasks such as range and/or production of writing: 
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Consider turning content-related data into a seasonal opportunity to visually display statistics with easel.ly or infogr.am. Below is a climate-related example from Visual.ly. You can also use infographics as a great way to encourage the integration of knowledge and facts (also a CCSS skill), as well as critical consumption of content.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.



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