Reflection: Checks for Understanding Introduction to Cells - Section 3: Probe

 

There are many reasons to use probes at the beginning of a unit. They help uncover students' misconceptions and engage them in the learning. They also provide a basis of discussion, encourage student use of academic language and give a starting point for instruction

This probe gives me an idea of what the students already know about cells, as well as insight into their reasoning skills. It pushes them to think a little deeper since they have to provide evidence for their explanations and not just give a guessing answer. How else would I have known that a student in this classroom thinks that, "We have not figured out if an atom is smaller than a cell with the science of today"?, or that, "Sugar is merely an ingredient?"

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Introduction to Cells

Unit 3: Cells and Organelles
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to identify the structure and functions of various organelles located in a cell.

Big Idea: Cells are the basic building blocks of life.

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