This is Not Mendeleev's Table

Students will use comprehension reading skills to summarize main ideas in an informational science text. This lesson highlights the comprehension reading skill Read 1, Speak 2, Write 3.

By Mr. Melero
March 28, 2016
9th Grade Science
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Writing Prompt

The article by University of Calgary informs readers on how the periodic table of elements is changing to be more accurate in regards to the atomic weights of 10 elements.

Summarize the University of Calgary article's main ideas in "Atomic weights of 10 elements on periodic table about to make an historic change." Explain the key details the author uses to support how the atomic weights will change in the text.

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9th Grade Literacy Standards in Science

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

L4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9–10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
RST1
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
RST2
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
RST4
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
RST7
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
RST8
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.
SL1
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
WHST2
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
WHST9
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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