Reflection: Student Ownership Angiosperms (Flowering Plants) and Pollination - Section 5: Elaborate/Evaluate

 

Using A Foldable to Develop Understanding

A foldable is unique type of graphic organizer that is used to help students develop concepts and ideas. They encourage students to demonstrate their understanding in a linguistic and visual way.  Since they are created by the student, it provides students a sense of ownership as they are more invested in displaying their knowledge about a new concept or applying what they have learned to a more complex task.  It is appealing to kinesthetic and visual learners because they are involved in creating it, designing it, and showing what they know and understand. Incorporating a foldable in the lesson is an effective tool for helping students develop and process new ideas, events, and/or scientific theories. It encourages students to be critical thinkers as they compile and synthesize the information they are learning.  In order to achieve this it is important to model and define the purpose of using a foldable.  Students need examples of a quality foldable so they understand the expectation on how to effectively create and use a foldable throughout a lesson.

 

In this lesson, Angiosperms (Flowering Plants) and Pollination, I had students create a two-door foldable after reading about cross-pollination and self-pollination. It was a way for them to display their comprehension skills and apply their understanding by justifying the advantages and disadvantages for each one. They keep it in their interactive notebook and refer to it as a study tool. I am able to use it as a formative assessment and identify students who have misconceptions, misinterpreted the information they read, and provide interventions for those who need it. Overall, I found this tool is an effective way of guiding students through developing an understanding of cross-pollination and self-pollination. It required them to do more than just read the text, they had to process the information and write about it.   

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  Student Ownership: Using A Foldable
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Angiosperms (Flowering Plants) and Pollination

Unit 3: Ecosystems and Interactions
Lesson 9 of 19

Objective: SWBAT identify structures of a flower that are responsible for reproduction.

Big Idea: Students will distinguish between self-pollination or cross-pollination and describe advantages and disadvantages about each one.

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Science, Plant Structures and Functions, Pollination, Ecosystems, interaction
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