Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Information Dump - Section 2: An Introduction to the Topic


I love to have my students guess what our topic will be for many reasons.
1- Students are immediately engaged as they try to solve the riddle.
2- Students have to access their prior knowledge.
3- Students have to put together ideas and categorize them. 
    (This really connects to the language standard 5.a, where students should be able to sort common objects into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.)

I think it is important to give our students details so they can try to glue them together and then infer the connection so they can deduce the main idea for themselves.  This process really appeals to students' critical thinking skills and helps provide a good, open mind for learning!

  Why is it important to have students imagine while trying to guess the topic?
  Problem-based Approaches: Why is it important to have students imagine while trying to guess the topic?
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Information Dump

Unit 7: Writer's Workshop
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT gain information by listening to different types of texts and, in turn, engage in meaningful conversations.

Big Idea: Take it ALL in... so you can run with it!

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