I like to integrate Va Studies and Science in my Reading class. I often have students complete KWL charts on the subject we are working on. For example we were reading the book We Are Virginia and the student completed the K and W for the KWL chart. I provided websites for them to research the information about Virginia. They completed the L portion of the chart. Once the KWL chart was completed they created an online book to show their knowledge or created a poster that had symbols that represented Virginia. They shared their posters or books with a buddy.


I would apply the TIP chart to science SOL 5.6 Oceans.  After teaching the students about the different types of organisms that live in the ocean and how they adapt to their environment, they can choose a marine organism that they want to learn more about.  Web resources can be provided for the students to research, and they can post what they learned.  Since many of the students would be blogging, they are also learning more about other marine organisms based on the information posted by their peers.

How to use this in the classroom.

I could use this in my classroom for Cells & Kingdoms (SOL 5.5). Students could work in teams to research the parts of both plants and animal cells, create a digital or CE model of either a plant or animal cell, and create a digital project that explains their work. Resources/stations could include Discovery Science, textbook, library, and OneSearch. Finally, students could create a Promethean Flipchart using the Learner Response System to “quiz” their classmates.

SOL 5.5

I could definitely do an activity like this to study cells in my classroom. I could give them materials to make a cell using any of the materials that they want. They could do pixie activities to label the parts of an animal cell and a plant cell.  I could also have a station that students use a proscope to look at a plant cell and an animal cell and to use a Venn Diagram to compare what they see.  We could create a google document like we used today to record our observations.

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