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unit 2
13 Instructional days (13 hours)

Scientific Research: Researching Simple Machines: How They Help do Work


In Unit 2 students read the extended science text Simple Machines: Forces in Action by Buffy Silverman (870L) to learn about simple machines while also examining the structure and text features of scientific writing. Several sections of this science text are structured as close-reading experiences, and students continue to learn to use context clues to determine the meaning of new words. They write routinely in order to explain how various simple machines work.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 4 ELA Module 3A, Unit 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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