Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Sorting Seeds - Section 4: Wrap-up

 

I teach science to 2 classes, which gives me a chance to modify parts of the lesson when I see that I did not get the outcomes that I had planned for, or when there parts of the lab worksheet are confusing to the students.

The question I had on the original lab addressed procedure more than the overarching goal for my students: SWBAT articulate differences and similarities in seeds and initiate a scientific investigation. I also changed the conclusion.

I changed the question to "How can we find out how seeds are alike and different?" This would lead naturally into a discussion about procedure. What could the students do to answer the question. There would be more buy in from the students on how to set up the lab and develop a layer where we could discuss the scientific process, rather than a worksheet to fill in, without much discussion why the lab works the way it does.

On the 2nd page. I chose to rewrite the conclusion section, making it less wordy. There were too many questions for the students to address, which muddled my intention that students practice what scientists do; scientists review their data to see if it answers the question and addresses the hypothesis.

None of my botanists considered how the number of seeds in a sort may give them new information about seeds. I hope the conclusion question is open enough to allow them to have their own discoveries about their data, but is more specific so that their conclusion is tied closer to their data.During our wrap up section I would ask why counting the number of seeds in a sort may help them to learn more about seeds.

What worked -

-students collaborating about how to sort seeds and sharing with other teams how to sort

-learning new vocabulary:attributes. One students said, these are like adjectives!

-seed word bank

-opportunity to use a magnifying lens

-exposure to different types of seeds

-information on the student log book

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Sorting Seeds

Unit 2: Seeds
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: Through sorting seeds, SWBAT observe and describe how seeds are the same and different while developing their seed sorting criteria.

Big Idea: Students work with partners to explore the world of seeds, articulating similarities and differences.

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