So now that my students are talking like scientists, we are learning to write like scientists too. This year I am really trying to consistently use science notebooks. For the first few days of this unit, we just talked about science and our observations. Once they were comfortable with the sentence frames and vocabulary, we moved onto writing.
I conducted an interactive writing lesson with the whole class to model how to take those observations and record them appropriately. I made a giant version of their observation sheets on chart paper and we filled it out together.
After we did it altogether, they went off and completed an observation of their own. I gave them the option of using a copy and taping in into their notebooks, or creating that template on their own. The results are varied, but everyone is getting comfortable writing about science which is a VICTORY!