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Lesson 12 - Text-Based Discussion: Science Talk about Animal Defenses

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.4.1.c http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1/c
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.4.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.4.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/4/6
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.4.1.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1/a
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.4.1.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1/b
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.4.1.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1/d

Lesson 12 - Text-Based Discussion: Science Talk about Animal Defenses

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 12 Narrative found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can effectively participate in a Science Talk about animal defense mechanisms.
  • I can ask questions so I am clear about what is being discussed and to build my understanding of the topic. 

Purpose of Lesson

  • In this lesson, students participate in a Science Talk to help them synthesize their learning about animal defenses from Unit 1, which is formally assessed in Module 3.
  • The structure of this Science Talk follows the Fishbowl protocol, with two concentric circles, one observing the other as they participate in the Science Talk. The students are paired, so one partner is in the inside circle and the other partner is in the outside circle. Consider intentionally partnering students in heterogeneous partnerships.
  • This lesson opens with a vocabulary activity called Interactive Word Wall, sometimes called vocabulary concept mapping. In this activity, students make connections and explain relationships between different vocabulary words they have studied on a given topic. This helps them to better understand the meaning of the individual words and continue to build broader conceptual understanding of the topic.

In Advance 

  • Prepare the Participating in a Science Talk Anchor Chart.
  • Review the Science Talks protocol.
  • Prepare Vocabulary Word Cards.
  • Strategically place students into groups of four for Opening A.
  • Post: Learning targets.

Digital Materials Preparation:

  • Prepare to display and assign the lesson to students before class.
  • For digital assignments, ensure that students have access to a digital device.
  • Be sure students have access to the Animal Defense Mechanisms: Preparing for a Science Talk Note-catcher.
  • Be sure students have access to their Unit 1 Digital Independent Reading Journal in order to complete the homework assignment.

Vocabulary

  • Lesson-specific: effectively, Science Talk, evidence

Materials

  • Vocabulary Word Cards (Symbols) (one set per group of four)
  • Interactive Word Wall Directions (one for display) 
  • Animal Defense Mechanisms: Preparing for a Science Talk Note-catcher (from Lesson 11; one per student)
  • Participating in a Science Talk Anchor Chart (new; teacher-created)
  • Working to Become Ethical People Anchor Chart (from Module 1)
  • Animal Defenses Research Journal: Science Talk Notes and Goals (one per student)
  • Sticky notes (three or four per student)
  • Discussion Norms Anchor Chart (begun in Module 1)
  • Grade 4 Collaborative Discussion checklist
  • Equity sticks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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