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Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« on: March 03, 2016, 12:11:55 PM »
These Pre-Reading Activity ideas are based on an article appearing on the Space.com website:  Gravitational Waves: What Their Discovery Means for Science and Humanity. You can also find activity ideas for During and Post Reading by following the links bolded.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 12:21:34 PM by Randall Sadler »
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Offline Pan (Spring 2016)

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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2016, 03:05:57 PM »

Pan, Lexie, Eva, Wonhee


Pre-reading
- Teacher gives a true or false quiz based on the content of the article, and students will guess the answers. This serves as a pre-reading survey.
- Looking at difficult vocabulary and technical scientific terms
  • gravitational waves
  • supernova
  • deceleration
  • cosmic events
  • electromagnetic radiation
- Group discussion on how much students know about the topic “Gravitational Waves”


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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2016, 03:07:44 PM »
Pre-reading activity (Hannah, Tomoko, Ash, & Ryan)
The pre-reading activity will introduce the topic of astronomy and gravitational waves. The students can first discuss the following questions with a partner or to introduce the topic and familiarize them a little bit:
-What comes to mind when you think of space?
-What do you think gravitational waves are?
-Why do you think people study astronomy?
Because there are a lot of words the readers might not recognize, a short activity that can be done before reading the article is to give a list of vocabulary with the following words:
gravitational waves
black holes
phenomenon
monumental
acceleration
cosmic events
electromagnetic radiation
radiation
wavelengths
supernova
relativity
illuminate
The students can first work with a partner and take a guess of what they think the words mean or talk about what type of reading they would see these words in if they don’t have any idea where the words would be. The students can talk as a group or as a whole class to come up with their own interpretations of the definitions  Then a vocabulary matching sheet can be given to the students to help them get more familiar with the actual definitions.  The students can match up the words with the definitions with what they think they are based on what they previously thought they were with their partners and the class. Then the teacher can present the class with the right answers and have the students  check their answers.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 03:08:11 PM by han4korea »

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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2016, 03:09:18 PM »
Pre-Reading Activity:
Have students read title and activate genre awareness.
-What genre of writing do you expect? (Academic)
-What are some of the characteristics of that style?
-Will there be a thesis?
-Will there be background information given?
-Will most of the main information be contained in the introduction, or later on?
-How will they introduce new information?
-What will you be able to learn from the first sentence of each paragraph?
-What kind of summary(if any) would you expect?
-What words might you expect to encounter reading this?
-What kinds of phrases do you think might be used in this kind of article?
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 03:12:30 PM by rseyfer2 »

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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2016, 03:14:05 PM »
Kat, Becca, Mien-Jen

Have students work in groups and come up/look up one major discovery in the in the field of Space Science/Astronomy and briefly introduce it later. Students can come up with discoveries of anytime in the history and maybe explain a little bit why they think that discovery is important.

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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2016, 03:15:13 PM »
Pre-Reading - Cassie, Lourdra, Kokoro, Val

Schema-activation activities:

Part 1. Students in pairs or groups discuss the following questions:When was the last time you read or learned something about the universe or astronomy? Describe what you remember to your partner or group members.Are you familiar with any theory regarding the universe such as Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity?
Part 2. Scan the article and answer the following questions:Who is the author and where are their affiliated with?What do you expect from the title of the article?How many sections are there in the article and what information do you think you will read in each section?
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 03:18:06 PM by Kokoro »

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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2016, 03:16:01 PM »
Kelly, Evan, Katina
Pre-reading activity:

1. Get the students into groups of 2 or 3 and have them discuss what they know about Space and/or if they like this topic.
2. Now present the students with important vocabulary that they will need to comprehend the article such as (black hole, gravitational waves, universe) and ask them whether or not they know these words. If not, the students can work in groups to guess what the words mean.
3. Present the students with the correct definitions.
4. Have the students then skim the article and circle the words that they do not know. Then have the students look up the words before actually reading the article.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 03:17:31 PM by kellymui »

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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2016, 03:19:32 PM »

Pan, Lexie, Eva, Wonhee


Pre-reading
- Teacher gives a true or false quiz based on the content of the article, and students will guess the answers. This serves as a pre-reading survey.
- Looking at difficult vocabulary and technical scientific terms
  • gravitational waves
  • supernova
  • deceleration
  • cosmic events
  • electromagnetic radiation
- Group discussion on how much students know about the topic “Gravitational Waves”


I like the general idea of checking knowledge beforehand. However, I think true/false might be too challenging. Instead you could have students try to guess the meaning of the word. That would be very interesting
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 03:19:45 PM by KatAnn »

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Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Gravitational Waves
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2016, 03:19:49 PM »
Pre-Reading - Cassie, Lourdra, Kokoro, Val

Schema-activation activities:

Part 1. Students in pairs or groups discuss the following questions:When was the last time you read or learned something about the universe or astronomy? Describe what you remember to your partner or group members.Are you familiar with any theory regarding the universe such as Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity?
Part 2. Scan the article and answer the following questions:Who is the author and where are their affiliated with?What do you expect from the title of the article?How many sections are there in the article and what information do you think you will read in each section?



I really like the idea of asking students about the last time they learned something about the universe or astronomy because it is a good way to activate content schema  ::Good one!