Learning Exercise

The Solar Winds at Mars

Good lesson for comparing and contrasting the winds on Earth and those on Mars. See the text of the lesson below for more specifics.
Course: 4th Grade Multiple Subjects
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Exercise

ELL Literacy with NASA: Solar Winds of Mars
Grade Level: Fourth Grade
Objectives: 1. Students will record data with drawings and phrases. 2. Students
will respond to questions. 3. Students will develop vocabulary and concepts of
unknown text. 4. Students will evaluate new information. 5. Students will know
that different forces shape our Earth (and other planets). 6. Students will
follow multiple-step directions.
CDE Language Arts: Reading Comprehension: Comprehension and Analysis of
Grade-Level-Appropriate Text?2.2 Use appropriate strategies when reading for
different purposes. 2.3 Make and confirm predictions about text by using prior
knowledge and ideas presented in the text itself, including illustrations,
titles, topic sentences, important words, and foreshadowing clues.?2.6
Distinguish between cause and effect and between fact and opinion in expository
text.?2.7 Follow multiple-step instructions.
CDE Science: Earth Sciences: Waves, wind, water, and ice shape and reshape
Earth's land surface. As a basis for understanding this concept: 5a: Students
know some changes in the earth are due to slow processes, such as erosion, and
some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions,
and earthquakes. 5c: Students know moving water erodes landforms, reshaping the
land by taking it away from some places and depositing it as pebbles, sand,
silt, and mud in other places (weathering, transport, and deposition).
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://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast31jan_1.htm
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. Model good English and habits. 4. Teacher must model
fluent reading of the text. 5. Practice own and student ORAL delivery of
content. 6. Pre teach concept of erosion (use multiple images). 7. Teacher and
students are to be involved in guided reading. 8. 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

Audience

Technical Notes

LCD projector, laptop, Internet, whitescreen needed.

Requirements

Follow instructions and work in collaboration with others.

Topics

Science, Language Arts, ELL, Technology

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

1. Students will record data with drawings and phrases. 2. Students will respond to questions. 3. Students will develop vocabulary and concepts of unknown text. 4. Students will evaluate new information. 5. Students will know that different forces shape our Earth (and other planets). 6. Students will follow multiple-step directions.