Reflection: Trust and Respect Which Apple would you Buy? - Section 2: Engage - Day 1


Classroom discourse is a huge piece of elementary classrooms.  There is so much research that is really beginning to come out emphasizing the importance of effectively scaffolding of this teaching and learning for students.  One of my favorite teacher resources to help guide discourse in the classroom is a book called, Intentional Talk. Even though the book is intended to focus on math discourse, many of the ideas and concepts that are focused upon apply to science teaching as well.  

Encouraging a positive classroom climate, fosters trust in students. It provides for a safe environment for students to share ideas in a small group. Rather than a large group setting that can be intimidating to some students.  It is also allows for great opportunities for ELL students to hear language being spoken and apply it to their own learning.  

It is important to establish the expectations that will set the standard for what the team talk and share out looks and sounds like. Sometimes creating an anchor chart.  Anchor charts help to establish visual literacy.  The ability to use quick pictures or diagrams to help you remember information.  

In this case, creating a "Looks Like/Sounds Like" anchor chart of what accountable table talk and sharing will really be is helpful.  

  Trust and Respect: Classroom Discourse
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Which Apple would you Buy?

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Apples, Pumpkins and Bread!! OH! My!!
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT design an investigation using controlled and manipulated variables.

Big Idea: Understanding how to test a question and setting up the investigation takes time and patience. This lesson offers the chance to do all that.

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Science, investigation, apples, variable
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