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Cassini K-4 Literacy Program: Grades 3 & 4 Lessons

Cassini K-4 Literacy Program: Grades 3 & 4 Lessons

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Overview: Reading, Writing, and Rings Teacher Introduction


  • Information on Reading, Writing, and Rings, using science notebooks throughout the lessons, student assessment, student growth indicators, and a wealth of invaluable information to make your journey more exciting.

0-Foreword_3-4

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1. What Do I See When I Picture Saturn?


  • Language Arts Focus: Nonfiction Writing - Illustrations with Text
  • Science Focus: Pre-Assessing Students - Scientific Ideas and Understandings

Lesson_01-3-4p3

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2. The Mysteries of Saturn and Cassini


  • Language Arts Focus: Nonfiction Writing - Descriptive Writing
  • Science Focus: Observing and Wondering - Essential Tools for Science

Lesson_02_3-4_p2

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3. Wondering About Saturn: A Short History


  • Language Arts Focus: Nonfiction Comprehension - Visualization
  • Science Focus: Reading to Support Inquiry-Based Thinking

Lesson_03_RWR_grades_3-4

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4. How Far Away Is Saturn?


  • Language Arts Focus: Descriptive and Compare/Contrast Paragraphs
  • Science Focus: Understanding Size and Distance through Sun/Earth/Saturn Models

Lesson_04-3-4-p3

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5. Discovering Saturn, the Real "Lord of the Rings"



Lesson_05_RWR_grades_3-4_2007

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6. My Spacecraft to Saturn


  • Language Arts Focus: Nonfiction Reading and Writing as Problem-Solving Tools
  • Science Focus: Problem-Solving Spacecraft Design

Lesson_06_RWR_grades_3-4

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7. My Spacecraft and Cassini


  • Language Arts Focus: Compare and Contrast
  • Science Focus: An Eye for Comparison

Lesson_07_3-4_p3

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8. All About Titan and the Huygens Probe


  • Language Arts Focus: Nonfiction Writing Practice
  • Science Focus: Building Mission Background Knowledge

Lesson_08_3-4_p3

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9. Drop Zone!


  • Language Arts Focus: Writing to Plan, Problem-Solve, and Analyze
  • Science Focus: Designing and Testing a Parachuting Probe

Lesson_09_3-4-p2

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10. What Do I See Now When I Picture Saturn?


  • Language Arts Focus: Illustrations with Text; Compare and Contrast
  • Science Focus: Post-Assessment of Scientific Ideas and Understanding

Lesson_10_3-4_p2

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11. Putting It All Together


  • Language Arts Focus: Nonfiction Writing Practice - Descriptive; Compare and Contrast
  • Science Focus: Synthesis of Information and Reflection

Lesson_11_3-4_p2

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12. Celebrating Saturn and Cassini


  • Language Arts Focus: Nonfiction Writing Practice - Descriptive; Compare and Contrast
  • Science Focus: Sharing New Knowledge with Peers

Lesson_12_3-4_p2

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