Reflection: Continuous Assessment Which came first???? The apple or the seed? - Section 4: Explain

 

I really wanted to see if the students would be able to take all the learning from this lesson and combine it in some fashion with previous lessons.  I wanted to see if the learning could be transferred. During our reading block the following morning, I explained to the children that I wanted them to finish the foldable from the lesson the day before that we had run out of time to complete.

I showed the children the second page to the "It Is Apple Seasons reading page."  I explained that during their independent working time, I wanted them to take the foldable, cut it out and fill in all that they could to explain what happens during the four seasons to the apple tree.  I knew that if they children could pull in learning from the lesson the day before with the sorting cards and also information from the reading passage, they would have demonstrated a synthesis of their learning.  I was a tiny bit concerned that it might be too much to expect.  

I was in for a complete surprise.  The kids did an even better job than I could have hoped for.  The classroom environment was absolutely silent. The kids were so engaged, I taught all of my small group reading lessons without one interruption!!! Each child attacked the foldable with more excitement and enthusiasm than I could have imagined.  

I was thrilled when one little girl who struggles with her reading, stood up so she could use the Apple Bulletin Board to help her fill in the work she needed.  And then when I noticed another one of my struggling readers, following her lead, I could barely contain my excitement.  Both of these students demonstrated complete independence and ingenuity.  Without the background knowledge of the learning, I am not sure if they would have done that alone.  

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Which came first???? The apple or the seed?

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Apples, Pumpkins and Bread!! OH! My!!
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: SWBAT to determine the cycle of an apple tree.

Big Idea: Understanding that life cycles apply to more than just living breathing creatures can sometimes be difficult. Knowing that a plant can have a cycle as well, can be challenging.

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Science, plants, life cycle, apple tree
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life cycle of the apple tree
 
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