Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Erosion and Deposition - Section 4: Explain


Vocabulary Chant

Chants are useful for learning in the classroom and can encourage everyday conversation. They embed concepts of a lesson and facilitate retention of information. Students practice using vocabulary in context, pronounce words more clearly, and reinforce grammar patterns.  Chants can be incorporated into any lesson as special materials are not required and used with small groups or whole classes, depending upon students’ needs.

I decided to use a vocabulary chant to help students remember the differences between the processes that change Earth’s surface: weathering, erosion, and deposition.  With many similarities in how these processes change the Earth’s surface, I really needed them to understand just how different they are so I came across this chant online.  In addition, using a chant to differentiate between the terms benefited my English Language Learners and special ed students because it helped them orally practice the pronunciation of the vocabulary words while developing their academic language.  Furthermore, this chant incorporated a variety of movements in relation to word meaning. This combination of orally and kinesthetically learning the words reinforced further understanding of what these words mean and how they are used to explain how Earth’s surface changes. 

Overall, I found this chant to be very successful.  While at first students appeared shy and hesitant, they eventually become willing participants.  I had them work in small groups and become comfortable with the words and actions before coming together as a whole class.  My small groups were heterogeneously mixed with English Language learners and special education students, and traditional students.  This provided all participants the opportunity to collaborate in practicing and developing an understanding of the words weathering, erosion, and deposition. When we came together as a whole class, students were excited to perform.

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Erosion and Deposition

Unit 4: Earth's Changing Surface
Lesson 7 of 11

Objective: SWBAT recognize the effects of water erosion on land

Big Idea: Students will carry out an investigation on erosion on erosion to understand the effects it has on changing Earth's surface.

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