Reflection: Gradual Release Should Zoos Exist-Day 5 - Section 3: Independent Practice


Anytime we do research, it can be a huge headache, especially when dealing with technology! I wanted today to go as smoothly as possible and I would say overall it did.  There some great teachable moments with this lesson and I took advantage of every one!

First, I took a few minutes and worked with the students on writing research questions.  We discussed key words, narrowing our questions, and how to manipulate questions to find answers.  This lead to some great brainstorming and great student to student teaching. 

Next, we discussed how to reliable sources and reviewed how to know if what we are looking at is a reliable source. 

Finally, we discussed paraphrasing, citing, and summarizing.  All of this review ended up being a huge part of the day.  Although it took up about 30 minutes, it saved me a lot of headache in the long run!

I was very happy with how well the students worked independently and navigated through the internet to find answers to their questions.  They learned the value of writing good questions as well as using multiple sources to come up with an answer. 



  Gradual Release: Research
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Should Zoos Exist-Day 5

Unit 11: Writing a Research Based Argument
Lesson 6 of 11

Objective: SWBAT write questions to guide their research and navigate reliable sources to locate information to answer our research question.

Big Idea: Should Zoos Exist? Students take their research global, while looking on-line at reliable resources to gather the answers to their questions.

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