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Unit 3: Learning From Students’ Work and Teachers’ Lessons

3.3.1 CCSS-Informed Lessons: Kindergarten through Grade 2

Kindergarten: Informative Writing in Kindergarten

Kindergarten students write an informative text, a 5–6 page booklet, using their science learning about red eye tree frogs. The teaching sequence moves students from dictation, to sharing the pen, to guided writing, and finally to independent writing.

Grade 1: Which is the Best Book: Opinion Writing

After listening to the reading of two California Young Reader Medal Nominee books, 1st grade students write opinions that argue for why the teacher should purchase the particular book they want for the classroom library.

Grade 2: Recounting and Reporting on My Learning at the Natural History Museum

Second graders write two informative pieces: a multi-paragraph informational recount about their field trip to the Natural History Museum, followed by an informational report on one of the endangered animals they learned about at the museum. Both pieces integrate science vocabulary, concept knowledge, writing skills, and writing strategies.