Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Plaid Pete and Seth Discover the Carbon Cycle - Section 4: Instruction


Students who are below grade level need access to rigorous, content area text.  If they don't have these opportunities, they are just going to fall further behind.  This can be challenging to do.  One of the strategies that can assist students in this process is the use of technology, especially in a game format such as the one used here - The Carbon Cycle Game.  This is particularly effective when students who struggle are paired with a more capable peer.  I also find that using the computers in the computer lab makes this easier to monitor, I can quickly see who is participating and who needs nudging.

I have a page labeled "Learning Links for Students" on my classroom webpage.  I look for high quality games and activities with rigorous text, that are aligned to the content I teach in my classroom.  We work on these games and activities during our computer lab time, so that my students have a scaffold for navigating them.  Then I teach my students how to access them from home - and I share this information with their parents.  I know that many of my students who won't open the pages of a book, are quite happy to open up a webpage - and if the text is high quality, complex text - then we are both happy.

  Assisting Students in Accessing Rigorous Content Area Text
  Staircase of Complexity: Assisting Students in Accessing Rigorous Content Area Text
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Plaid Pete and Seth Discover the Carbon Cycle

Unit 2: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Lesson 15 of 20

Objective: SWBAT construct a model to describe how matter in the form of carbon transfers through an ecosystem.

Big Idea: What is the carbon cycle? Why is it important to the healthy balance of an ecosystem? Students play the carbon cycle game, learn the steps of the carbon cycle, and construct models to explain the process.

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