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Rhapsody with Raptors: Connecting Science to Common Core ELA Standards

Presenters: Deborah McMurtrie, Bridget Coleman, Gary J. Senn
Date: 11/7/2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: L100 H
Control #: 16581
Program Book Number: 1346
CEU Code: RR-73

Goals:
The purpose of the session is to link science content to Common Core ELA standards in Reading (craft and structure), Language (figurative language), and Writing (demonstrating an understanding of a topic or text). Participants will learn about birds of prey including owls, hawks, ospreys, and eagles. We'll analyze the use of similes, metaphors, alliteration, and personification in children's literature; synthesize information; and demonstrate understanding by composing cinquain poems.

Rationale:
This We Believe states that in developmentally responsive middle schools, the curriculum is designed to advance skills and knowledge and is clearly based on established standards. In addition, the curriculum must be challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. This session aligns curriculum with Common Core Standards, integrates two or more content areas, and promotes literacy and writing across the curriculum.

Activities:
We will present a lesson that investigates raptors, or birds of prey. Participants will handle real wing and talon specimens and brainstorm words to describe them. Working in small groups, participants will use structured paired brainstorming, think-pair-share, structured note taking, and graphic organizers to analyze figurative language used in raptor-related children's literature and poetry. They will collaboratively compose cinquain poems.

Program Book Description:
Silent flight; a curved, hooked beak; and sharp, powerful talons are some of the adaptations that enable birds of prey to survive at the top of the food chain. In this session, we will look at descriptive and figurative language used in children's literature and poetry related to raptors. We will use pre-writing and writing strategies to analyze authors' craft and structure as we connect science content to ELA and promote literacy across the curriculum.

Deborah H. McMurtrie, University of South Carolina Aiken
Gary J. Senn, University of South Carolina Aiken
Bridget K. Coleman
, University of South Carolina Aiken

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RAFTing with Raptors: Connecting Science with Common Core

Presenters: Bridget Coleman, Deborah McMurtrie, Gary J. Senn
Date: Thursday, 11/7/13, 3:30 PM. - 4:45 PM
Room: L100 H
Control #: 16583
Program Book Number: 1445
CEU Code: BU-82

Goals:
The purpose of this session is to link science content to Common Core standards in Math (Statistics and Probability) and ELA (Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects). Using bird field guides and other informational text, participants will analyze information, interpret statistical measurement data, make logical inferences, and cite specific evidence to support conclusions. We will synthesize what we learn using a Role, Audience, Format, Topic (RAFT) writing strategy.

Rationale:
This We Believe states that in developmentally responsive middle schools, the curriculum is designed to advance skills and knowledge and is clearly based on established standards. In addition, the curriculum must be challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. This session aligns curriculum with Common Core Standards, integrates two or more content areas, and promotes literacy and writing across the curriculum.

Activities:
We will present a lesson that investigates raptors, or birds of prey. Participants will handle real wing and talon specimens and use bird field guides. Working in small groups, they will analyze informational text and cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn from the text. They will determine the gender of a Barred Owl by comparing measurements and interpreting statistical data. They will synthesize science content using a Role, Audience, Format, Topic (RAFT) writing strategy.

Program Book Description:
How much does an owl weigh? Why are osprey talons different from those of hawks? In this session, we will use field guides and other informational text about raptors, or birds of prey, to analyze information, interpret data, make logical inferences, and cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn from the text. We will use a Role, Audience, Format, Topic (RAFT) writing strategy to synthesize information as we connect science content to mathematics and ELA.

Bridget K. Coleman, University of South Carolina Aiken
Deborah H. McMurtrie
, University of South Carolina Aiken
Gary J. Senn, University of South Carolina Aiken

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URL = http://rpsec.usca.edu/Presentations/AMLE2013/ (November 2013)