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					Writing Prompt—3rdGrade Science
Informational prompt—Rocks & Minerals Kit Prompt: The properties of a rock or mineral determine how the rock or mineral is used. Choose a rock or a mineral. Discuss its properties and how we use it.

Resources from the Rocks & Minerals Kit Library Books:  Rocks and Minerals R.F. Symes  Rocks and Minerals Readers Digest Pathfinders  Rocks Alice K. Flanagan  First Field Guide Rocks and Minerals National Audobon Society  Rocks and Minerals Chris Pellant Video  Eyewitness: Rocks and Minerals Web sites  Chapman School 3rd Grade Portaportal Rocks & Minerals links http://guest.portaportal.com/chapman3

Writing Prompt—3rdGrade Science
Informational prompt—Growing Things Kit Prompt: Explain the factors (conditions) that plants need to grow. Describe why each of these factors (conditions) is important in plant development. Note: Growing Things lessons build on each other, so be sure to teach the lessons in order. Please look to these specific lessons for key ideas related to the prompt that build student understanding: LE 3, LE 12, LE 13, LE 14, LE 15. Resources from the Growing Things Kit Library Books:  Starting with Nature Plant Book Pamela Hickman  How a Seed Grows Helene Jordan  One Bean Anne Rockwell  From Seed to Plant Gail Gibbons  Dandelions Kathleen Kudlinski  Plants (Eyewitness Books) David Burne

Web sites  Chapman School 3rd Grade Portaportal Growing Things links http://guest.portaportal.com/chapman3

Writing Prompt—3rdGrade Science
Persuasive prompt—Growing Things Kit Prompt (if your school does not have a garden) Choose a site at your school for a community garden. Write a letter to someone in your school community and explain why you chose that site. Prompt (if your school already has a garden) Choose one of the issues that may affect your community garden:  Use and care of the garden  Including the garden produce in school lunches  Vandalism  Another issue affecting your garden Write a letter to someone in your community stating the issue and your proposed solution. Be sure to support your position with reasons and evidence.

Resources from the Growing Things Kit Library Books:  Tops & Bottoms Janet Stevens  The Gardener Sarah Stewart  Starting with Nature Pamela Hickman  Jumbo Book of Gardening Karyn Morris

Web sites  Kids Gardening (National Gardening Association) http://www.kidsgardening.com/  PPS Nutrition Services Teachers’ Space and A Healthy Student Body http://www.pps.k12.or.us/depts/nutrition/teach.php  Eat Local Challenge (Ecotrust) http://www.eatlocal.net/  Chef’s Collaborative—Portland Chapter http://www.portlandcc.org/index.htm  Oregon Food Bank Learning Gardens http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/ofb_services/food_programs/learning_garden.ht ml

Writing Prompt—4th Grade Science
Persuasive prompt—Land and Water Kit Prompt: Sometimes natural events and human activities cause problems for humans and other living things. Identify an example of something people do that impacts land and water. Write a letter stating your opinion on why this is or is not a good idea. Support your opinion using reasons and evidence. Possible topics:  Breaching dams  Deforestation  City growth and erosion  Pros and cons of different logging techniques  Fish ladders

Resources from the Land & Water Kit Library Books:  Sand on the Move Gllant  Erosion Winner  Shaping the Earth Dorothy Hinshaw Patent  Flush Treating Wastewater Karen Mueller Coombs  How Mountains Are Made Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld  The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks Joanne Cole  Letting Swift River Go Jane Yolen Video  Eyewitness: Rocks and Minerals Web sites  Bonneville Power Administration Resources for Teachers http://www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/page6.htm  Elizabeth Woody, “Recalling Celilo” on Ecotrust’s Salmon Nation web site http://salmonnation.com/essays/recalling_celilo.html  Water Resources Information for Students and Teachers (United States Geological Services) http://water.usgs.gov/education.html

Writing Prompt—4th Grade Science
Informational prompt—Land and Water Kit Prompt: Water has an important role in shaping the land on earth. Choose one of these topics:  Explain how the shape and features of the land affects how water moves across the land or  Explain different ways water shapes the land Note: These prompts are based on having taught the Land and Water unit lessons 1-13

Resources from the Land & Water Kit Library Books:  Caves Neil Morris  Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean Arthur Dumus  Shaping the Earth Dorothy Hinshaw Patent  A Drop of Water Walter Wick

Web sites  The Grand Canyon: How It Was Formed http://www.teachersdomain.org/resources/ess05/sci/ess/earthsys/canyon/index.ht ml  Landforms (FOSS web) http://fossweb.com/modules3-6/Landforms/index.html  USGS Education (United States Geological Services) http://education.usgs.gov/common/primary.htm

Writing Prompt—4th Grade Science
Informational prompt—Bones and Skeletons Kit Prompt:  Animals have many different kinds of bones. The structures of bones and skeletons are related to their functions. Compare two of the major bone groups, including structure (their shape) and function (what they do). Note: This prompt assumes students have completed Learning Experiences 1-9. Resources from the Bones and Skeletons Kit Library Books:  Skulls and Bones Neil Morris  Bones Our Skeletal System Seymour Simon  Skeleton (Eyewitness Books) Steve Parker Video:  Eyewitness Bones

Web sites  Kidwings Owl Pellet Page http://www.kidwings.com/owlpellets/index.htm     Interactive Skeleton http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/skeleton_anatomy.shtml The Eskeletons Project http://www.eskeletons.org/ The Mammalian Skeleton http://www.earthlife.net/mammals/skeleton.html British Broadcasting System Interactive Bones site http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/podsmission/bones/

Writing Prompt—5th Grade Science
Informational prompt—Microworlds Kit Prompt: People have invented tools for everyday life and for scientific investigations. Discuss tools we use to magnify and investigate small things. Note: Microworlds lessons build upon each other. This prompt is based on having taught lessons 1-11. Resources from the Microworlds Kit Library Books:  The Microscope Book Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone  Greg’s Microscope Millicent E. Selsom  Adventures with a Hand Lens Richard Headstrom  The World of the Microscope Chris Oxlade and Corrine Stockley  Exploring with the Microscope Werner Nachtigall  Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Lisa Yount  The Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope Kristen Rogers

Web sites  Museum of Science Scanning Electron Microscope site http://mos.org/sln/SEM/  Microbus http://www.microscope-microscope.org/basic/microscope-history.htm  Museum of the Microscope http://microscope.fsu.edu/primer/museum/index.html  Microbe World http://www.microbeworld.org/  The Smallest Page on the Web http://www.microscopyuk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html

Writing Prompt—5th Grade Science
Informational prompt—Variables Kit Prompt: A variable is anything that you can change in an inquiry that might affect the outcome. Describe the steps you took in your inquiry to test your variable. What changes did you observe as you did your inquiry? Note: This prompt assumes you have taught at least the first three investigations.

Resources from the Variables Kit Library Books:  One Grain of Rice Demi  Invention Eye Wonder  Invention Eyewitness Books Lionel Bender  The Magic School Bus Plays Ball Joanna Cole  The Magic School Bus Up and Down Joanna Cole

Web sites  The Scientific Slugger http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/scientificslugger.html  Fear of Physics http://www.fearofphysics.com/index1.html  Your Weight on Other Worlds http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/index.html  WestPoint Bridge Design Contest http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/download.htm  Changing Sounds and Changing State http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/9_10/science_9_10.shtml

Writing Prompt—5th Grade Science
Persuasive prompt—Variables Kit Prompt: Consider the investigations you tried. Write a letter to a toy manufacturer identifying a single variable and explain how changing this variable would improve their product (their pendulum, airplane, life boat or catapult).

Resources from the Variables Kit Library Books:  How Things Work Gliders Helicopters and Other Flying Machines Terry Jennings  Paper Airplanes Models to Build and Fly Emery Kelly  Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids Janis Herbert  Science Experiments with Forces Sally Namkivell-Aston  The Art of Construction Mario Salvadori

Web sites  The Scientific Slugger http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/scientificslugger.html  Fear of Physics http://www.fearofphysics.com/index1.html  Your Weight on Other Worlds http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/index.html  WestPoint Bridge Design Contest http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/download.htm  Changing Sounds and Changing State http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/9_10/science_9_10.shtml