Reflection: Trust and Respect Squirrels, Bats, and Humans, Oh, My! - Section 2: Warm Up


Partner Talk

During this lesson, an integral part of the review of background knowledge is done by partner talk. This is where two students (three if we have an extra!) turn, face each other, and share information. I allow students to choose their spot on the carpet with the exception of 1-2 students who need to be close to me. This choice allows students to sit near friends that they are comfortable with, and at this point in the year they know they are going to spend some time talking to them and sharing ideas!

Partner talk builds a classroom of mutual respect by providing a safe environment for students to share ideas. Many students are intimidated answering a question in front of the whole class, so a good first step towards that is sharing with just one friend. As the year progresses and students become more familiar with each other, they will talk to different people during partner talk without me having to force it. They learn to trust each other because they want their ideas to be heard and they accomplish that by listening to a friend first.

Part of our lesson took place at our desks today. Watch the Partner Talk video to see them in action.

  Trust and Respect: Partner Talk!
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Squirrels, Bats, and Humans, Oh, My!

Unit 3: Living Organisms - Animals
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT compare the features and basic needs of three types of mammals, including humans.

Big Idea: Students find out that we are mammals, too!

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Science, Science Skills, First Grade, 1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food, and shelter , 1.L.2.1
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