Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Guppy and the Goldfish - Section 2: Explore


I have a few developmentally delayed students, a couple of mono-lingual Spanish students, and some severe speech students. Because of this, I require my students to hold discussions on a variety of topics daily. I do this for several reasons, but most importantly, if a child can see, hear and SAY what they are learning, they will take in much more of the information.

Hearing a partner's ideas and then expressing their own helps my struggling students reach the highest level of learning they can. It provides them added experiences of hearing and using the information being learned. The bonus benefit is that it really takes the nervous or shy students out of their shells and gets them comfortable with speaking in front of others.

Table discussions are very powerful because kids learn a lot from each other. In fact, they are more likely to listen to each other than an adult. They key is making sure that you have a variety of learning levels assigned to each table so accurate information is shared amongst them.

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  Discourse and Questioning: Table Talk
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Guppy and the Goldfish

Unit 7: Let's go fishing!
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT to explain the differences between goldfish and guppies by comparing the two different types of fish.

Big Idea: Kids learn to apply what they've learned in earlier lessons about the physical structures of a fish.

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Science, compare-and-contrast, inquiry, fish
  55 minutes
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