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Lesson 11 - Speaking, Reading, and Writing: Tools Paleontologists Use to Study Fossils

teaches Common Core State Standards W.2.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/2/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.2.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/2/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/2/1
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/6

Lesson 11 - Speaking, Reading, and Writing: Tools Paleontologists Use to Study Fossils

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 11 Narrative found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can answer questions about a paleontologist’s tools using key details in the text Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life.
  • I can collaborate to write a paragraph about the tools paleontologists use to study fossils.

Ongoing Assessment

  • During Work Time A, listen for students to answer questions about a paleontologist’s tools using key details in the text Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life.
  • During Work Time B, notice whether students are able to collaborate in writing a focusing and concluding statement for the class paragraph about the tools paleontologists use to study fossils.
  • During Work Time B, circulate and observe as students record a detail about the tools paleontologists use to study fossils on page 2 of their Paleontologist’s Notebook. 
  • During the Closing, listen as students share their writing and reflect on perseverance. Notice whether they are able to speak clearly to share their work and articulate a growing awareness of how perseverance is demonstrated through daily work.

Purpose of Lesson

  • As in Lesson 10, students continue to learn about paleontologists and the work they do. Students participate in a focused read-aloud of the text Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life by Susan H. Gray during Work Time A. Students then continue to co-create the Tools Paleontologists Use Anchor Chart as a resource for their writing during Work Time B.
  • In this lesson, students collaborate to write a paragraph about the tools paleontologists use to study fossils during Work Time B.

In Advance

  • Preview the focused read-aloud of an excerpt from Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life during Work Time A to familiarize yourself with its content.
  • Consider covering the top half of the Tools Paleontologists Use Anchor Chart (Tools Used to Discover Fossils) so that the chart doesn’t appear visually overwhelming to students.
  • Review the Pinky Partners protocol. (Refer to the Classroom Protocols document for the full version of the protocol.)
  • Post: Learning targets and applicable anchor charts.

 Digital Materials Preparation:

  • Prepare to display the lesson or assign it to students before class.
  • For digital assignments, ensure that students have access to a digital device.
  • Be sure students have access to the Paleontologist's Notebook (assigned in Lesson 10, used in Lessons 10-12)

Vocabulary

  • Text-specific: prehistoric, laboratory, plaster, pliers, saws, jackhammers, picks, microscope

Materials

  • Curiosities Museum (begun in Lesson 3; added to during the Opening)
  • Fossil Photo #5 (one to display)
  • Fossil Photo #5 caption (blank; co-created with students during Work Time A)
  • Unit 1 Guiding Questions Anchor Chart (from Lesson 1; one to display)
  • Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life (one to display; for teacher read-aloud)
  • Tools Paleontologists Use Anchor Chart (begun in Lesson 10; added to during Work Time A)
  • Tools Paleontologists Use for Study Picture Cards (new; added to the Tools Paleontologists Use Anchor Chart during Work Time A)
  • Tools Paleontologists Use Anchor Chart (from Lesson 10; answers, for teacher reference)
  • Paleontologist’s Notebook (from Lesson 10; page 2; one for teacher modeling and one per student)
  • Pencils (one per student)
  • Fossils Word Wall card (new; teacher-created; one)
  • Fossils Word Wall (begun in Lesson 8; added to during the Closing)
  • Pinky Partners Protocol Anchor Chart (begun in Module 1)
  • Working to Become Effective Learners Anchor Chart (begun in Module 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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