Reflection: ELL Students Ladybugs - Section 5: Closing

 

As we learned about insects during this unit, I kept the structure of three lessons almost exactly the same.  There was an opening, followed by a direction instruction session at the SmartBoard, followed by the creation of a book.  The books each had a life cycle of a specific insect. 

The students were able to compare and contrast each of these insects with ease.  The similar structure of the lesson allowed students the opportunity to move their cognitive energy away from "What's going to happen next?" and allow for them to think more critically about each insect.  I heard the students making comparisons between the different insects, especially as when they were learning about the different life cycles.

This structure was also very beneficial for my EL students.  They heard vocabulary multiple times and were able to compare the different insects.  By the time they were learning about the third insect, words like wings, antennae and life cycle were part of their academic vocabulary.

Often time as teachers, we want every lesson to be different and exciting.  That's great, but there is also something to be said about lessons have predictability that can provide a firm foundation for learning.

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Ladybugs

Unit 9: Exploring Insects
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to identify characteristics of ladybugs by creating a book.

Big Idea: Those little speckled bugs sure are cute. Students learn about the characteristics of ladybugs in this lesson. They also learn how to discern them from Asian Beetles.

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Science, Science Skills, ELL, insects
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