Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Day Two of Plaid Pete and Friends Take a Field Trip to the Biosphere Reserve - Section 5: Reflection & Closure

 

Connecting to Prior Knowledge

Using a Prediction Poster is a great way to get students to use prior knowledge, and then to propel them forward in their learning.  When you ask students to make predictions throughout a unit, and then come back periodically to assess whether or not those predictions are correct, what you are really doing is teaching them to refine their thinking.

A student's first prediction might be very far from accurate - especially for students who are not accustomed to connecting prior knowledge with what they are currently doing.  As these students see their peers predicting, refining, and predicting again - and improving in their accuracy; they have models for what they need to do.  This can be especially powerful when the teacher calls attention to students who are improving in their ability to make predictions that connect prior learning, and those that show a pattern of improvement in refinement and accuracy.

When predictions are placed in a poster format and displayed in the classroom, they are given honor.  The message that is sent is, "What we value here is great thinking - not just the right answer."

Increasing Student Engagement

Much like the Comments & Questions Chart, (described at this link, and pictured at this link) Prediction Posters that are made public also have the power to increase student engagement.  This is particularly true when you continue to revisit them as a class. Students are always wondering if they were correct.  It is important that you continue to allow students to make new predictions, and to insist that they base them on evidence.  

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Day Two of Plaid Pete and Friends Take a Field Trip to the Biosphere Reserve

Unit 4: Plaid Pete is Modeling Earth's Systems
Lesson 5 of 15

Objective: SWBAT develop a model to describe how the biosphere interacts with at least one other Earth System.

Big Idea: How does ocean acidification affect the biosphere? Students investigate the effects of acid on shells, and construct models to describe sphere interactions.

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