Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA: Earth's Ocean Writing Project

This is a simple lesson that teaches fluency of Internet text, ocean facts, and paragraph writing.
Course: 3rd grade Multiple Subjects
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Exercise

Title: Earth's Oceans

Grade Level: Third

Objectives: 1. Students will know
about facts regarding the ocean. 2. Students will write and revise paragraphs
based on this lesson's Internet text.

CDE Science: Life Sciences 3b. Students
know examples of diverse life forms in different environments, such as oceans,
deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands.

CDE Language Arts: Writing
Strategies 1.1 Create a single paragraph: 1.1a. Develop a topic sentence. 1.1b.
Include simple supporting facts and details. 1.4 Revise drafts to improve the
coherence and logical progression of ideas by using an established rubric.

Anticipatory Website: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/03/23/mars.sea/

Primary
Website: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Topics/oceans.html

Critical Teacher
Tasks: 1. This is an individual activity. 2. Coordinate help from peer helpers.
3. It is a writing activity. 4. Teacher must successfully navigate the websites.
5. Teacher will facilitate the instruction and discussion. 6. This is a 1-2 day
activity. 7. This will practice fluency/comprehension as well as writing
skills.

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Students will work alone. 2. Students will
work as peer helpers (when needed). 3. Students will read Internet text and view
the pictures. 4. Students will use dictionaries to define assigned terms (if
needed). 5. Students will ask questions and record data from observations. 6.
Students will work hard and effectively. 7. Students will refer to the E/A
rubric for expectations. 8. Students will orally read Internet text to the
class. 9. Students will create the paragraphs and revise as needed after
discussion.

Assessment: Informally through teacher observation. Formally by
using the effort and achievement rubric.

COPYRIGHT 2004 TROY TENHET JR

Audience

Technical Notes

Need an LCD projector and a live Internet connection.

Requirements

Should be able to read and write at or around grade level.

Topics

Fluency, writing, and Earth Science.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will know about facts regarding the ocean. 2. Students will write and revise paragraphs based on this lesson's Internet text.