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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: ELL Literacy with NASA: The Age of the Universe (and the Earth)
Submitted by: Troy Tenhet on Dec 26, 2005
Date Last Modified: Dec 26, 2005
Title: The Age of the Universe (and the Earth)
Description: Solid discussion on methods of discovering the earth's age. See text of assignment below. Follow the links and discuss in your small groups.
Type of Task: Supplemental activity
Time Required 2-4 hours
Topics: Science, Language Arts, ELL, Technology
Course: 7th Grade
Audience: Grade School, Middle School
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: Collaboration skills and ability to follow directions a plus!
Learning Objectives: 1. Students will record data with drawings and phrases. 2. Students will respond to questions. 3. Students will develop vocabulary and identify key ideas in text. 4. Students will evaluate information about the ways scientists find the age of the universe as well as the Earth. 5. Students will follow multiple-step directions.
Technical Notes: LCD projector needed as well as laptops, live internet and a whitescreen.
Text of Learning Exercise: ELL Literacy with NASA: The Age of the Universe (and the Earth)
Grade Level: Seventh Grade
Objectives: 1. Students will record data with drawings and phrases. 2. Students
will respond to questions. 3. Students will develop vocabulary and identify key
ideas in text. 4. Students will evaluate information about the ways scientists
find the age of the universe as well as the Earth. 5. Students will follow
multiple-step directions.
CDE Language Arts: Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate
Text?2.4 Identify and trace the development of an author's argument, point of
view, or perspective in text.?2.5 Understand and explain the use of a simple
mechanical device by following technical directions. Expository Critique?2.6
Assess the adequacy, accuracy, and appropriateness of the author's evidence to
support claims and assertions, noting instances of bias and stereotyping.
CDE
Science: Earth and Life History (Earth Sciences) 4d, 4e: Evidence from rocks
allows us to understand the evolution of life on Earth. As a basis for
understanding this concept: Students know that evidence from geologic layers and
radioactive dating indicates Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old and
that life on this planet has existed for more than 3 billion years. Students
know fossils provide evidence of how life and environmental conditions have
changed.
CDE-ELL Literacy Component: Reading Comprehension (Intermediate): Comprehension
and Analysis of Grade Level Understand and follow simple written directions for
classroom related activities. Read and orally identify the main ideas and draw
inferences about written text using detailed sentences. Read and identify basic
text features such as title, table of contents, and chapter headings. Respond to
comprehension questions about written text, using detailed sentences.
BTSA Component: Use for Standard 19
compliance. Anticipatory Website:
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=45 Critical Tasks: (in any
order) 1. Students should create visual images in order to support their
understanding. 2. Allow for one-on-one instruction as well as group
collaboration. 3. When implementing lesson, follow the objectives. 4. Teacher
must model fluent reading of the text. 5. Practice own and student ORAL delivery
of content. 6. Teacher and students are to be involved in guided reading. 7.
Students must report (orally) what they understand.

Assessment: Informally through observation and formally through the rubric
building website located at http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
Additional Information URL: http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
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