Reflection: Classroom Setup Tree-riffic!-Trees Start Somewhere! - Section 3: Small Group Instruction

 

A main goal of mine is to show students the learning that is available in their own back yard.  Teachers should not feel limited to the confines of their classroom.  Whether their environment is full of nature example or concrete building, nature is everywhere.  It’s really important to me to encourage my students to stop and look at the things around them- from big trees to tiny bits of moss.  I chose the life cycle of a tree as my lesson for two reasons.  First, trees are all around us, so the environment provides a convenient laboratory.  Second, the concept of a lifecycle in general is easy to absorb because- let’s face it- everyone has one.  In fact, we have several babies entering the families of our class this year, so the connection on starting from a beginning place is an easy connection for the students to make.  While a paper diagram is a fine option, if we have a living example outside, why not use it?  When I can connect the students’ lives to their environment, my lessons become much more significant.   Experiencing the lessons both in their lives and outside their class not only educates for the present, but also extends appreciation for the future.  

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Tree-riffic!-Trees Start Somewhere!

Unit 9: Tree-riffic!
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: Students will collect specimens from a pine tree to demonstrate the life cycle of a tree.

Big Idea: Do trees have the same life cycle as a person?

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Science, Science Skills, questioning strategy, tree
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