Plants Lesson 3 Talk and Writing

Talk and Writing

At this stage in the unit, the students will complete the inquiry sequence for Plant Investigations—they will go up the triangle. This means they will go through the Predictions Phase, the Observations Phase, and the Evidence-Based Arguments Phase. The tables below show specific talk and writing goals for these phases of the unit.

Talk and Writing Goals for the Predictions Phase

Teacher Talk Strategies That Support This Goal

Curriculum Components That Support This Goal

Treat this as elicitation and brainstorming (like the Expressing Ideas Phase), but with more directed questioning.

Now that we have set up the investigation, we want to predict what we think will happen to matter and energy.

Three Questions Handout

Predictions and Planning Tool

Elicit a range of student ideas. Press for details. Encourage students to examine, compare, and contrast their ideas with the ideas of other students.

Who can add to that?

What do you mean by _____? Say more.

So I think you said _____. Is that right?

Who has a different idea?

How are those ideas similar/different?

Who can rephrase ________’s idea?

Investigation Video (selected sections)

Encourage students to provide evidence that supports their predictions.

How do you know that?

What have you seen in the world that makes you think that?


Have students document their ideas to revisit later.

Let’s record our ideas so we can come back to them and see how our ideas change.

Predictions and Planning Tool