Reflection: Rigor The Ghost Closer (Modeling Air Pressure and Winds) - Section 3: Mini Lesson: Air Pressure, Wind, and Discussion Protocols

 

Following the reading, resist the urge to explain every concept in the text to the students verbally. This lesson is designed to have students develop and model their own understanding of these concepts. In the upcoming activities, students that do not understand something will have to go back to the text to find evidence to support their ideas. During this time, students will address their misconceptions and develop their own understanding. I find that if the students know I am just going to explain everything they read after they read it, they take way less time and focus on reading for understanding. If you truly ask students to obtain their own information, the accountability of their learning increases. This is not to say that I won't help them understand what they have read or that I won't teach to the whole class to address misconceptions. I absolutely will do this! However, students need to be given the opportunity to try it on their own. Then, when students ask me for help, instead of just explaining the answer to them, I say something like, "That is a great question.  I wonder if there is text that will explain that to us.  When I get stuck on a concept, that's the first thing I do.  Go back to the text.  Let's do that together." More times than not, as soon as we go to the text, students find what they are looking for! Teaching students how to find answers on their own is truly an important skill we must teach.

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The Ghost Closer (Modeling Air Pressure and Winds)

Unit 9: Weather
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to model how changes in air pressure can change the weather.

Big Idea: The students suck an egg into a jar and expand a marshmallow in a vacuum chamber in order to model how changes in air pressure can effect the weather!

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Science, Weather and Atmospheric Science, ocean, sun, middle school, temperature, wind, weather, Air Pressure, cloud
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