Stage 2: Consolidation / Fluency
Stage 3: Literacy for Growth
Primary: Text Structures & Genres
The students' learning extends into the hallway. The students are able to display their work in the hallway and take pride in what they've accomplished. As well, students who are walking through the hallways are able to admire what we've been working on in the classroom.
In this task, the students were asked to create a poster that had to feature what we've been studying in science. The fourth grade students have been investigating rocks and minerals, and the third grade students have been investigating soil. So their task was to create a poster that would inform the audience about information and facts for each of these ideas. We also discussed and created a chart that had features of a poster included. This would be headings, and bold title, a border, and catchy phrases and colors that they would use to create a poster. And also looking and paying attention to the purpose and the audience of that poster. So when I put these up on display, they can not only admire the posters that we've created, but they can also see that there are the text features around the display that focus in on what a poster would include.
Rocks and Minerals Teacher Guide: http://www.amazon.ca/Rocks-Minerals-Hands-Minds-Science/dp/1557346364
Soils in Our Environment Unit Study: http://www.amazon.com/Hands-Science-Technology-Grade-3/dp/1553790103
The goal of Creating Science Posters: Developing Informative Writing (Virtual Tour) is to extend students' understanding of a specific topic and to help them to understand the structural features of a poster.
- Integrating science and literacy fosters student motivation and engagement.
- Provide computer options for students so that they become familiar with using the Internet for conducting research. Direct them to 2 or 3 age-appropriate research sites and model how to find information from these websites.
- Creating posters to inform the audience is a fun way for students to share their understanding of a science topic.