Reflection: Intervention and Extension What is Composting? - Section 3: Explore


By asking each student to use a different colored marker when contributing to their group's poster, many AMAZING things happened! First of all, students began monitoring the participation of each student in their group. In the past, one student would at times end up doing all the writing when others would like to participate more. There's also the students who would rather let others do all the work!

As I walked around today, I heard students say, "It's your turn to write! We need more red!" Students felt like their thoughts mattered and they felt valued! 

I remember watching one student who normally doesn't participate much if at all possible, especially if it includes writing. Today, he wrote just as much as any other group member and attended to his penmanship and spelling more than ever before!

This goes to show that this simple strategy is a great way to provide differentiation and encourage equal participation! 

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  Intervention and Extension: Student Engagement
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What is Composting?

Unit 2: Ecosystems
Lesson 10 of 28

Objective: SWBAT describe the importance of decomposers in composting.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will sort biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials. Then, teams of students will research the question, "What is composting?" and will make an idea web on a team poster.

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Science, global warming, abiotic factors, ecosystem, Decomposers, Composting, research, nutrients, decomposition, biotic
  60 minutes
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