Reflection: Checks for Understanding Locating Examples of Rivers, Lakes and Glaciers on a World Map - Section 3: KLEWS Chart


Students did not state that there is fresh water on each 'webquest district' for their new KLEWS learning. After some thought,  I see that this would not be a logical conclusion for students who may not have had experiences with rivers, lakes and glaciers. Collectively my students have only seen these water features on maps and satellites. So their learning would be based on what they could see from the webquest satellite and map images. The more common learning students mentioned was that rivers could be windy.

Next time when I ask students to recall information from a lesson, I will project some of their images or their work to help them access their prior learning. The webquest helped expose students to the water features, but I think more time could have been used in this lesson to discuss as a class as to what they were actually seeing, for example the difference colors at the river deltas.

Finally, the makeup of the class, will also dictate the discussion, based on students prior experiences. I taught the same lesson to another group of 2nd graders and as you can see from their KLEWS chart, they were able to make the connection between rivers and lakes.

So, I had an expectation of what I thought the students would learn from 'observing' the water features on their webquest, but was reminded that as a teacher we are constantly checking for understanding where the kiddos are in that point and time, and we develop our lessons and teaching from that point. Especially if we want the learning to be experienced base where the students are creating meaning for themselves.

  Checks for Understanding: KLEWS Chart Expectations
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Locating Examples of Rivers, Lakes and Glaciers on a World Map

Unit 4: Unit 4 - Surface Water and Landform Interactions
Lesson 2 of 18

Objective: SWBAT summarize and share some of their webquest learning on a world map.

Big Idea: Students discover that water can be found as a liquid or solid on all the continents, and indicate the location of some of these water features on a world map.

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