Reflection: Complex Tasks Let's Research the Sun! - Section 2: Engage:

 

I used a KLEWS chart for this lesson to help guide my students to create the questions that derive this unit. A KLEWS anchor chart is described as a tool that allows students to track their learning throughout an investigation, building up to the understanding of a scientific principle. Our KLEWS chart will track the learning about the sun.

How do I get my students to plan an investigation?  Well, it begins with the KLEWS chart. In our last lesson, my students developed a question, "Does the sun have more predictable patterns?"  I decided to go with that question for our next investigation because it seemed like the next natural step (This wasn't the original lesson I had planned).  My students were invested in that question and are super excited about the sun's patterns.  I decided to put the planning in their hands by allowing them first to talk about ways to discover if the sun has more patterns. Discourse is a great way to support the students who may not be strong at developing ideas while supporting students who cannot wait to share their idea.  These conversations allow for everyone to be successful. I am careful to tell my students that they can use computers, observations and books. Next I pass out sticky notes for my students to record their plans.  Students love sticky notes and it provides time for them to record a plan rather than the answer.  I then have my students share their ideas and guide the conversations from there.  This scaffold allows students to plan an investigation in a successful way.

 

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  Complex Tasks: Student Planning using KLEWS
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Let's Research the Sun!

Unit 3: Unit 3: Celetial Patterns: The Sun, The Moon and Stars
Lesson 5 of 21

Objective: SWBAT observe and describe the Sun to determine if the sun has more predictable patterns.

Big Idea: Students use books and note taking to determine that the sun does have more predictable patterns.

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