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More post-reading activities for astronomy
« on: March 02, 2010, 01:11:12 PM »
Post your ideas here for post-reading activities for this article on astronomy:

Galactic Lenses Confirm Universe's Age, Size

You'll also find ideas for during-reading and post-reading activities in those sections on the board!
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Re: More post-reading activities for astronomy
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 01:29:06 PM »
 My group focused on checking comprehension, and elaborating what students have learned after reading this article.

1. First, students summarize the text in about 200-300 words by reviewing their notes and worksheest in pre-reading and during-reading activities . This activity can be a way to check their comprehension and what they have predicted in the beginning.

2. Students can elaborate their reading experience by hands-on opportunities such as visiting a planetarium and have a chance to see the real galaxy by using telescopes. This field-trip kind of experience can give them more ideas about the terms used in the article: dark energy, Big Bang, Hubble's constant, etc.

Or, if you have enough time for a visit to a planetarium then you can also use on-line meterials. For instance, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago provides related video clips and texts for further details on galaxies.

http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/cyberspace/Explorers/Out_There/Galaxies/

« Last Edit: March 02, 2010, 08:07:30 PM by sjhan »

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Re: More post-reading activities for astronomy
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2010, 04:37:25 PM »
In our group discussion, we talked about grasping main ideas would be an essential strategy for helping L2 learners with their reading comprehension. Therefore, I think adopting ?reflect on text understanding? and ?review of information? would be effective post-reading strategies that can be used to evaluate students? comprehension on the context they have went through and also refresh their memory by eliciting main ideas of the text. Therefore, two activities requiring group work are designed for the purpose of having students engage in transferring and exchanging newly learned information.

Task 1: Information Gap (pair work)
First, each student comes up with 5 questions generally covering the main ideas about the text. They can refer to the text to make their questions. Next, students take turns to ask their partners these questions. 

Task 2: Jigsaw
Part 1
Students in different groups are given a different sheet (sheet A/B) which contains different blanks needed to be filled out. Students in the same group discuss with each other and figure out the answers to fill in the blanks.
Part 2
After each group finish the last task, students compare their answers with the group that holds a different sheet from them. All together, they find out the correct answers; by doing so, they self check what they have done right or wrong.

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Re: More post-reading activities for astronomy
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2010, 10:50:19 PM »
Since the reading text deals with professional knowledge regarding science, teachers may give students writing tasks as a post-reading activity.

Task 1. Write a paragraph of 200 words to explain what "Gravitational lensing" is, by using Marshal's metaphor.

Task 2. If the universe has a certain size, does that mean that the size of universe is limited? Write a 200 word paragraph.

Task 3.  If you answered yes for Task 2, what do you think is 'out there' beyond the universe we belong to? Write a 200 word paragraph.



Task 4. With the group of 4, discuss your ideas on Task 3 with friends and draw a picture/ list/ free write/ about your imagination.

By the way, I've just got assured that we may use cross word puzzle at the post reading activity, too. Here is a puzzle  from 'puzzle maker', which I used to use a lot.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2010, 11:42:58 PM by Eujene »
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Re: More post-reading activities for astronomy
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2010, 04:58:40 PM »
Organizing ideas after the reading assignment----

1.When students have completed the reading assignment, divide them into groups of three or four.
2. Assign one student to record what group members say. Divide the reading into sections/paragraphs and assign each to the rest of the group members.
3. Each member has approximately three minutes to state the major ideas or points about their assigned paragraph/section of the reading.
4.The group recorder orally shares the group's ideas with the class.  5. The teacher writes what is said on the board.  Although some of the information will overlap among the group members, teacher should continue to write and organize what each group presents.
6.The teacher should correct inaccurate information and help students to organize and sequence information.
 Also, have students eliminate unimportant details and fill in missing points.
7. Teacher writes a sample outline from the information conglomerated by all the groups.
8. This outline can be used to write a summary or could lead into the beginning steps in writing a critique as well.
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