Writing Prompt Ideas for Science:
*Write a comparison/contrast essay about the similarities and differences between 2 objects, making sure to include domain specific vocabulary including shape, size, mass, volume, color texture.
*Write a sequential series of steps essay about how to properly use and read a scientific tool, including microscope, balance, scales, ruler, thermometer.
*Create a descriptive poem with a specific object as the topic; do not reveal the object in the context of the poem but ask the reader to determine the object through description of the object’s physical properties
*Transfer of Energy: *Respond to an article about energy consumption and conservation efforts, citing the article.
*Create and write about innovative ideas for energy conservation and alternative fuels.
*Read an article on fracking in Oklahoma. Write an argumentative composition that responds to a side on the issue—is it causing earthquakes or not? What are some alternative methods to acquiring the oil? What could some alternative fuels or energy methods be? (You Tube— John Stossel-fracking)
*Describe energy transfer to someone who has no idea how the process works
*Compare and contrast animal and plant cells.
*Create a newspaper article detailing a specific living system and its components.
*Summarize an article on a specific organism that is newly discovered.
*Create an infomercial about cell research initiatives and how they can impact our world.
*Compose a letter to a zoo and inquire about a specific animal. Use the information to correspond to efforts for helping the animal or species.
*Teacher reads a description of an ecosystem before and after a forest fire. Students draw before and after pictures and write a prediction of what will happen to the area after the fire is put out. (guided visualization)
*Compose and defend and argument for the topic: Which would be easier to determine—the size of a plant population or the size of an animal population? WHY?
*Explain and argue: what advantages and disadvantages does a population that feeds on several kinds of organisms have over a population that eats only one kind of plant or animal?
*Considering that Pluto was removed from the list of planets, what components should comprise a planet? Defend your choices.
*Compose an explanation and description of one of the four main systems on Earth.
*As a team of museum curators, develop and present an exhibit about an assigned geologic time period, including descriptions, pictures, artifacts, etc.
*Describe the rock cycle and how one type of rock may become another.