Reflection: Checks for Understanding Basic Processes - Exploring the Flip - Section 1: Engage


Using note card activities such as this one is a cornerstone in my classroom.  It provides me with a means through which to gauge student understanding of a topic because I can listen to the student discussions as they try to find their partners.  This activity also provides me with insights into how the class functions because each class tends to go about finding their partners in a different way.  Some groups will organize into their color groups and then go about finding their partners while other classes stand in a big clump and talk to whomever is closest to see what card they have.  This year my students had a particularly difficult time with the volume of irregularly shaped objects.  Given that information, I was able to place more emphasis on that skill during labs and classroom activities.

The note card activity also allows for differentiation as I am able to give students a card with a word that provides the appropriate amount of challenge without causing undue frustration.  The groups are also a little bit flexible in that there are some cards that will fit with more than one group.

  Using partner activities to check for understanding
  Checks for Understanding: Using partner activities to check for understanding
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Basic Processes - Exploring the Flip

Unit 1: Problem Solving
Lesson 3 of 16

Objective: SWBAT identify and describe the six basic processes as well as various tools and units of measure.

Big Idea: This is your opportunity to make sure students land on their feet after their first flip and understand basic science processes and measurements.

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