Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Introducing the Cell Cycle Using Diagrams and Gestures - Section 5: The Classroom Flow: Wrapping Up


I have been using movement strategies in a limited way this year to see what kinds of benefits they might have for students in high school who might be reluctant to play along with some of my goofy gestures and movements in class.  

I have been observing that not only are students willing to work through my dances and games when I introduce them, but that they use them on their own to help remember details and to give hints to other students who are trying to remember sequences of events or vocabulary terms.

However, my favorite way to use gestures is as a pre-writing activity.  By asking students to create or repeat gestures related to major events or science terms, we can talk about what the gestures represent, what order they should be placed in, and what additional information we should say as we repeat the movement.  All of these skills are the kinds of things that students who are struggling to write well do not do intuitively.  By breaking down the skills in this way, we've added to their writing tool kit. Now that I understand this connection better, I will be looking to build in more explicit connections behind my reason for movement in the classroom (students think I am just building in something fun) and to use documents and create and questioning techniques with the students to elicit and remind students of our broader purpose in using movement in the classroom.

  Kinesthetic Strategies: An Effective Pre-Writing Technique
  Adjustments to Practice: Kinesthetic Strategies: An Effective Pre-Writing Technique
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Introducing the Cell Cycle Using Diagrams and Gestures

Unit 6: Unit 6: The Cellular Basis of Inheritance: Mitosis & Meiosis
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT narrate the phases of mitosis using diagrams and hand gestures.

Big Idea: Use colorful diagrams and hand gestures to unpack the cell cycle and mitosis as an effective pre-writing activity!

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Science, mitosis, Cells and Cellular Processes, cell division, Life Science/Biology, cell cycle, Chromosomes, centriole, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase, daughter cells, sister chromatids, centromere, spindle, interphase, cytokinesis, diploid, haploid, mitosis and meiosis
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