Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA:Mysterious Worlds and Words

This is a vocabulary enhancement activity. It is leveled for third grade. It is also designed to cause some form of higher order thinking.
Course: 3rd Grade Multiple Subjects
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Exercise

Title: Mysterious Words/Mysterious Worlds

Grade: 3rd Grade

Objectives: 1. Students will use a dictionary to find the meanings of unknown
words. 2. Students will use context to discover meaning. 3. Students will use
knowledge of prefixes and/or suffixes to find meaning in words. 4. Students will
perform investigations and predict/confirm outcomes in writing.

CDE Science: Investigation and Experimentation: 5. Scientific progress is made
by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis
for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three
strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.
Students will: 5d. Predict the outcome of a simple investigation and compare
the result with the prediction. 5e. Collect data in an investigation and analyze
those data to develop a logical conclusion.

CDE Language Arts: Vocabulary and
Concept Development: 1.6 Use sentence and word context to find the meaning of
unknown words. 1.7 Use a dictionary to learn the meaning and other features of
unknown words. 1.8 Use knowledge of prefixes (e.g., un-, re-, pre-, bi-, mis-,
dis-) and suffixes (e.g., -er, -est, -ful) to determine the meaning of words.

Anticipatory Set: Teacher will lead a discussion using the website/LCD
projector. The site is: http://www.nineplanets.org/titan.html .

Primary Website:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/16jan_titan.html .

Critical Tasks: 1. This activity is much like a word search. 2. It is designed
to be used with an LCD and is to be led by the teacher. 3. Collaborative
grouping can be used during the completion of the activity. 4. Reward climate
can be used to accelerate lesson. 5. Findings can be shared by all and then
students must note findings on paper (to be turned in). 6. Artifacts will be
turned in for teacher comments. 7. Dictionaries (YES!).

Assessment: Should be informal by teacher through observation. Using the Master
Effort/Achievement Rubric is good. Create your own rubric (Rubistar). Teacher
should collect artifacts and pass back with comments and grades.

Audience

Technical Notes

LCD and live Internet

Requirements

Read some at around 3rd grade reading level. Be able to think independently. Be able to follow instructions. Lesson is in English (language).

Topics

Solar System, Science, Literacy, Vocabulary Development

Learning Objectives

1. Students will use a dictionary to find the meanings of unknown words. 2. Students will use context to discover meaning. 3. Students will use knowledge of prefixes and/or suffixes to find meaning in words. 4. Students will perform investigations and predict/confirm outcomes in writing.