Connection between scientific ideas/concepts

Connection between scientific ideas/concepts

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Connection between scientific ideas/concepts

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In this lesson, students learn that a connection is how two ideas relate. Students will make connections between scientific ideas and concepts: compare and contrast, cause and effect, and sequence. Explanations and examples will be given for each, and students will have plenty of opportunities to practice with creative and engaging activities.

Common core standards


Learning Objective

Students will be able to describe the connection between a series of scientific ideas or concepts in a text.


Students will drag the puzzle pieces to form the word, “Connection.” Have them discuss what they think the word means. Discuss as a class and explain that when you make connections, you can better understand what a text means and better remember the information. Introduce the three text structures: compare and contrast, cause and effect, and sequencing.


First, go over comparing and contrasting. Read the passages on tsunamis and tornadoes. Then discuss the accompanying bubble map. Next, go over cause and effect and read the passage about frostbite. Guide students to determine the cause and effects. Finally, discuss sequence and read about the water cycle then use the words, First, Next, Then, and Last to make connections. After this, students will practice by dragging phrases about the different habitats into the appropriate columns to compare and contrast. Students will then use the bubble map to compare and contrast animals. Read the passage about pollution together and have students identify the effects. Practice sequencing with the frog’s and butterfly’s life cycles.


Students respond to 10 questions which ask students to identify cause, effect, connections and identify them in a text.


There are three activities on the board. The first is a spinner for comparing and contrasting different types of weather. Next, there is a memory game of cause and effect with various scientific causes and effects. Finally, students will sequence the life cycle of a plant by walking a character through a mini maze to follow the sequence of the life cycle.

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