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Guthriegabs About: CER Life Science Writing, Is the Elf on the Shelf Alive?

In this writing class, students will review the characteristics of living things to make a claim about the infamous Elf on a Shelf. Is it a living organism or not?
Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
375 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
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per learner

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Class Experience

Students will write a positive or negative claim.
Students will use examples of evidence in their writing.
Students will use reasoning in their writing. 
Students will be able to model the CER format. 
Students will name the characteristics of living things.
Students will provide examples of each characteristic of living things. 
Students will list two facts about reindeer.


Ask Questions (S.1A.1) and Plan and Carry Out Investigations (S.1A.3) 
o Questions and problems lead to Investigations and tests which generate evidence that is used to support claims through argumentation. 
 Analyze and Interpret Data (S.1A.4) and Use Mathematics and Computational Thinking (S.1A.5) o In order for data to serve as evidence in supporting claims, it must be analyzed and interpreted in order to identify patterns and trends, determine relationships and causation, and identify anomalies. 
 Construct Explanations (S.1A.6) o Claims that are successfully supported and survive the argumentation process can lead to viable scientific explanations or successful designs. 
 Obtain, Evaluate, and Communicate Information (S.1A.8) and Develop and Use Models (S.1A.2) o Information and models can provide context and prior knowledge used in framing claims using evidence.
The teacher will post guided notes to use in class. Notebook paper for a draft writing, pencil or pen.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students completed writing. 
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
Lives in the United States
Kim Guthrie M.Ed.
375 total reviews
535 completed classes

About Me

I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

 I speak French and love to travel to countries where I can immerse... 
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