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How do to use LDC Modules for Science?

Jul 2, 2013 11:02am

I teach 5th grade science and this year North Carolina is implementing the LDC Modules in order to meet state standards in Writing. I have no idea how to do a unit using this module and incorporate science hands-on activities. I am so stressed! I need to see a unit example that has been completed for 5th grade science. If anyone knows about this new LDC, please email me at

  • English Language Arts / Science
  • 3-5
  • Assessment / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Jul 4, 2013 1:53pm

      Hi Sheila and Charlotte,
      We lifted the word limit on answers because we didn't want the Teaching Channel community at large to miss out on great answers like yours Sheila. They should also check out your GREAT video on teaching physics.

      Candy Meyers
      Tch, Chief Product Officer

      • Jul 9, 2013 3:39pm

        Sheila is a master, so I'm sure that her advice is spectacular. LDC modules are great ways to frame writing prompts, and there are many you could adapt to have students write during the inquiry process.

        Good luck!
        Katie Novak

        • Jul 16, 2013 1:30pm

          Candice that is great! In that case I will post a response here for all to read:

          I included inquiry activities into the "What Instruction?' component of the module, which contains all of the mini-tasks (lessons) for the module. You can include any mini task you desire in addition to the ones that address the Common Core literacy standards appropriate for your individual module. Remember: for every skill, which are outlined in skill clusters, there must be one or more mini tasks that teaches that skill. For example, I created a skills cluster called "Active Reading Through Research," because I felt that a hands on activity was necessary in order for the students to create their final product (which is a formal lab report based on the students designing and building a bridge, then testing it for strength). You can create any skill cluster that you want. Just make sure to define the cluster. The definitions for skill clusters always begin with the words "Ability to..." For my Active Reading Through Research cluster, I defined it as "Ability to research information needed to complete the task. Will be performed by completing two web quests, a hands-on activity, and by viewing a video." There were 3 mini tasks that addressed this skill cluster. One was a webquest, another was a hands-on activity, and the last was a documentary.
          Have you checked out the educurious science templates? They were written for grades 6-12 but can be adjusted for the lower grades. I use template task 17, which is the lab report template. I love it!

          • Sep 27, 2013 2:50pm

            Sheila, Can you send me your modules as well? I am a Lit. Specialist tasked with working with secondary science teachers.

            • Sep 8, 2014 11:19am

              Can I also have access to your modules? I'm tasked with supporting the implementation of LDC in our district, and I want to offer science teacher some great examples of how the LDC modules can work with writing a lab report. Thanks