Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Can You Feel It?-Exploring Our Sense of Touch - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


It's always frustrating when you think a lesson went really well and then realize, things didn't go as well as you thought they did.  When the students were working on their books, I was circulating around the classroom, checking out the work that everyone was doing, answering questions and assisting as needed.  I asked a student what he was drawing (see Work Sample).  He said, "I am hot.  I am really, really mad."  Whoops.  Not exactly what I was looking for when I was talking about "feeling". 

I realized that different meanings for the word "feeling" were confusing a few of my students, especially ones with limited language skills.  A change that I will be making in delivering this lesson in the future is actually bringing something in for the students to feel that is "cold" and "hot".  I think this will help students with limited language skills better grasp the concepts presented in this lesson.

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Can You Feel It?-Exploring Our Sense of Touch

Unit 2: My Five Senses
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to describe what their sense of touch is and the body structure associated with it by creating a book identifying textures detected by touch.

Big Idea: Observation is such an important part of science work. This lesson helps students better understand what their sense of touch is, preparing them for using it as part of their science observation skills.

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Science, senses, Sight, Taste, Touch, smell
  55 minutes
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