How Does It REALLY Work?
There are many phenomena in the world we take for granted and don’t really understand how they work eg. How the wind blows. How lightning occurs. What is thunder? Why is the ocean blue? Why is the sky blue all day but orange at sunset?
Brainstorm a list of possible natural phenomena the students really want to know about. Encourage them to generate their own questions.
Students research and write a 150 – 200 word maximum explanation of their chosen area of investigation.
Be sure to point out the language features of the Explanation text type and that explanations are supported by diagrams to show meaning.