Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Earth's Systems - Section 3: Explore

 

Throughout this lesson, I was reminded of how a diagram or picture can help build a conceptual understanding of science vocabulary and concepts.

For example, while discussing the meaning of interconnected, students immediately began connecting the meaning of the word with the poster, "Yeah, like when the volcano erupts, smoke goes into the atmosphere." 

When I pointed out the importance of minerals in our everyday lives and how we use aluminum to construct many buildings, one student's hand shot up, "Oh! I found something in the picture that's an example of the geosphere! The house!" 

Having a visual aid clearly continually helped students understand and apply new information. 

  Using Diagrams & Pictures
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Diagrams & Pictures
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The Earth's Systems

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 1 of 16

Objective: SWBAT develop a model to describe Earth's four major systems.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students are provided with an overview of the four major systems on Earth. Students will then analyze how the four spheres are pictured in a photograph.

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