Authors: Jolene Routson and Al Janulaw
Overview: Students reconstruct sentences by reassembling the words that have been cut apart.
Grade Span: 35
Cut the sentences into separate words and make two sets of bags, the first set containing Goldilocks and the second set containing Dog and Rabbit (HTML or pdf).
Time: 5060 minutes
Grouping: Small groups
Scientists work from new evidence as well as draw on recollections of past experiences. They then pose explanations of what they have observed and present their ideas to their peers.
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This activity gives students an opportunity to work the same way that scientists work.
The first sentence (Goldilocks) that students are asked to reconstruct has built-in clues, such as a capitalized first word and a period after the last word. In addition, most students should recognize the sentence as part of a familiar story. The second sentence (Dog and Rabbit) will be unfamiliar to them, but has similar internal clues. But, the second sentence might be interpreted in different ways by different students. Dogs chase rabbits, but they might also chase mice. In your discussions, allow students to present their ideas and tell how their reconstructions make sense to them. This provides an opportunity to point out that this is how scientists work; they assemble their explanations from new evidence and from their past experiences.
Use more complex stories for older students or as a further challenge.
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