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Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:58:04 AM »
Post your Pre-Reading Activities for the article "Oddball giant white dwarf may have formed in epic crash of smaller stars" here.  Simply "reply" to this post to make your contribution rather than starting a new topic. These are based on this article: https://www.space.com/weird-massive-white-dwarf-formed-by-star-crash.html. Find During-Reading and Post-Reading activities for this article in the corresponding sections of the forum!!
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Re: Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2020, 12:02:14 PM »
Provide a pre-assessment of students to help them anticipate vocabulary in the article.Give students a pile of vocabulary flashcards (make sure at least 5 are related to stars: hydrogen, bright, sky, etc.). Have students sort the vocabulary that relates to stars from other vocabulary words.

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Re: Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2020, 12:04:32 PM »
Pre-reading Activity:
1. Vocabulary Activity - Have students identify a dwarf star and other kinds of stars through a matching activity with pictures.
2. Life cycle of a star activity - label the timeline
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Re: Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2020, 12:06:13 PM »
The teacher will give the students a list of questions, maybe about five, to determine for them and for the students what they know about the topic, or some questions about space in general, for example, a question like, what do you know about stars and how they are formed? The students can discuss in partners or in small groups. Then after they talk about the questions, they can come up with one or two of their own they have based off the title of the article.

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Re: Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2020, 12:13:18 PM »
Pre-reading activity:
To activate students' schemata, we would show students a picture of white dwarfs and elicit what students know about white dwarfs. We might ask, 'What are white dwarfs?" The instructor would write the phrase 'white dwarfs' on the board and brainstorm students' associations.
In the next step, students would get a handout with a table. The table would consist of three columns: Before Reading column, Statements (formulated based on the content of the article) and After Reading column. First, students would read statements and mark them True or False based off of their predictions / prior knowledge. That would enable students to predict the content of the article. Then students would read the article and revisit the statements in the table by confirming / disconfirming their responses  in the After Reading column.

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Re: Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2020, 12:17:51 PM »
SWBAT:
- make predictions about a text
- scan for vocabulary (and accompanying definition)



Step 1) Present students with a zoomed in view of the picture of white dwarves from the article.  Ask them, "What do you think this is?"  Students make guesses--this should pique their curiosity!--and then they view the zoomed-out picture and make guesses again. 


Step 2) Ask students questions to activate their prior knowledge of white dwarves: e.g. "What do you already know about how stars are formed?" "Where have you seen the word 'dwarf' before and how is the meaning of 'dwarf' in this context different?"


Step 3) Students read the first three paragraphs of the article. They should scan to find definitions for key vocabulary: "white dwarf" and "supernova."


Step 4) Students make predictions about what the text will contain.  ("What information do you expect to learn in this article?")


 



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Re: Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2020, 09:17:03 PM »
Pre reading activity:


This is a collaborative activity that introduces key concepts and terms to students.


First start off by grouping students together (this can be done a variety different ways, just do whatever works best for your class). Then give each group a list of vocabulary terms that are repeated multiple times throughout the article or give key information about what the article is about (ie., supernova, white dwarf, mass, gravitational, etc...) Have each group define each term of what they think is correct, then have them discuss amongst other groups to come up with an agreed upon meaning for each term (this will have to be monitored to make sure they are on the right track and end up to a definition that is closely similar to the actual definition.)

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Re: Pre-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2020, 04:01:27 PM »
Pre-Reading Activity 1To help students prepare for the article and introduce some of the vocabulary that might be difficult for them while reading, the instructor can read through the article and find words that might need a bit of explanation. Going through the article, 5-10 words can be selected and a definition for each can be provided. A way to make it more fun and engaging would be to have the word and the definition separated and mixed among all the other words and definitions and have the students try and match them up. Students can analyze (individually or in pairs) the word and try to figure out which definition best fits based on the word and definition. Some students might have some background knowledge on the topic, which would be great for them! Pictures could also be incorporated (depending on proficiency) to help them try and come up with a definition themselves. If all three are incorporated, the picture might also help them figure out the definition if the context clues of the picture are appropriate.

Pre-Reading Activity 2Besides vocabulary preparation, another pre-reading activity that can be done is having the students read the first paragraph of the article (introduction) and have them make inferences about what the rest of the article is about. The introduction paragraph should (hopefully) have a basic outline or preview of information to come.
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