Discipline: Science

Grade Level: 6th

Course: Science

©Literacy Design Collaborative. September 2011

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Should helmets be required?
Overview
  • Module Description
    • Although many adolescents participate in recreational activities such as skateboarding or bike riding, many of them do not wear helmets. The laws of Pennsylvania do not require children over the age of 12 to wear helmets or protective gear while riding a bike; however, many children are injured because of accidents, falls, or juvenile behaviors while riding. During this module, the students will read texts on Newton's Laws of Motion, bodily injury, and current state laws on helmet requirements and write a letter arguing whether or not helmets should be required for adolescents during recreational activities.

  • Tasks
    • Teaching Task Template Task (Design your own lesson)

      Should adolescents be required to wear helmets during recreational activities such as bike riding and skateboarding?

      After reading informational texts on the Laws of Motion, bodily injury, and current state laws on helmet requirements, write a letter to your state representative that addresses the question and supports your position with evidence from the text(s).

      L2: Be sure to acknowledge competing views.

      L3: Give examples from everyday life to illustrate and clarify your position.

      Task 2 Template (Argumentation/Analysis)

      [Insert question] After reading ____________ (literature or informational texts), write a/an _________ (essay or substitute) that addresses the question and support your position with evidence from the text(s). L2: Be sure to acknowledge competing views. L3: Give examples from everyday life to illustrate and clarify your position. 

  • About The Teacher
    • Authors: Deanna Fedor and Dawn Connelly

      Course: Science

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