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Grade 5 Summary

Think about the strategies that incorporated literacy standards were used in the grade 5 classroom.  Reflect on how speaking and listening are used to build academic language, how writing scaffolds are used to synthesize ideas and speaking about those ideas, and how and when experiments/investigations and reading were introduced.

Time to Reflect

On a separate piece of paper, draw a graphic that summarizes your understanding of how these strategies can be woven together to increase student understanding of the science content and to build students' literacy skills. Then write one to two sentences that summarize the strategies shown in your drawing.

The science content standards and the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy are the foundation of a learning sequence. Learning sequences incorporate instruction that includes students' existing knowledge and skills and takes into account their learning needs.

Time to Apply

Review your initial reflection about the science lesson you like to teach. Think about the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy that you would like to incorporate in your lesson. Use the blank lesson sequence template to plan the science content to be taught AND include opportunities for students to discuss, write, and read. Your lesson should include literacy strategies that support academic language learning, speaking and listening skills, writing, and complex text reading strategies.

Note that it is not necessary to use all the standards all the time.  As shown in the classroom videos, the focus is on the science content and the instructional strategies that the teacher chooses to deepen student understanding.

Continue to Unit 3 where you will have the opportunity to identify expected student responses and analyze student work to plan for instruction.