Reflection: Lesson Planning Climate Change: It's All Around Us (Day 1 of 3) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Four Corners Discussion


When I shared this lesson with other teachers in my area, some suggested we could cut down the number of days spent on this topic by having students complete their reading, annotation, and the guiding questions document on their own at home.  In my experience, this four corners discussion is an essential scaffolding piece to ensure that every student comprehends the main points, understands the terminology used, and feels confident enough to speak as an expert with their original lab group partners the following day.

After the unit was over, students shared me that this jigsaw lesson was the activity where they connected and understood the magnitude of climate change concerns.  Choosing articles with different themes, creating opportunities for students to become experts in one theme, and discussing their information with each other were all impactful aspects of our approach.   Students related to me that this activity was when the "light bulb went off" for them.  

More than a few classes in particular commented how much they loved learning about science approaches they had never heard of before--in this set of four articles, glaciology in particular stood out to them as different, intriguing, and special.  Students also loved seeing how politics impacted science and how our national approach compared to that of other countries.  Using popular resources such as Rolling Stone hooked kids in as well. 

I'll look forward to hearing your experiences with this format.  

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Climate Change: It's All Around Us (Day 1 of 3)

Unit 3: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to connect multiple ecological impacts of climate change through a jigsaw reading and discussion activity using current, popular resources.

Big Idea: How does climate change impact wildfires, the oceans, and glaciers? How do our national policies to fight climate change stack up against those of other nations? Students will find out through an engaging JigSaw Activity in this lesson!

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