Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding How Do Glaciers Change the Shape of the Land? - Section 3: Explore


I don't know about you, but whenever I do something for myself, I understand and remember it better.  I can read detailed information, but hands-on exploration speaks louder.  Confucius sums it up the best, “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand."  

Here's my own personal account of my own realization towards the end.  My understanding a glacial movement was a little fuzzy.  I've read about them, but because of their massive stature and the fact I have never seen a glacier, it's just hard to imagine how they shape the landscape.  Then today when the children were engaged with this activity, I began to see the light.  Using a hands-on activity helped not only the children, but myself understand the concept. I could actually see, on a tiny scale, what actually had happened 12 thousand years ago or so.  When our glaciers left small lakes, boulders and rocks and other landformations right on our clay land, I could see how this whole process happens.

It was like my own lightbulb of understanding went on.  I already know using models and hands-on activities are great strategies and use them often.  But sometimes it's reassuring to know how important using hands-on activities are for the children, especially those who come to school with little background knowledge.  Now I'm absolutely sure that if this worked for me, it worked for many of my young friends.

Then when I take a step back from this activity, and stop and think about the situation of many of our children, I realize the impact that things that we do all of the time matter so very much.  

  Involve Me, and I Will Understand!
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Involve Me, and I Will Understand!
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How Do Glaciers Change the Shape of the Land?

Unit 7: Earth's Changes
Lesson 11 of 21

Objective: SWBAT observe, diagram and note how glaciers can change the land using a model.

Big Idea: Glaciers have drastically changed and shaped our land for over thousands of years. But exactly how does this happen? Let's observe a model to help us understand.

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Science, landscape, volcanoes, mountain, earth, glaciers, Land, Earthquakes
  60 minutes
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