Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Warm and Toasty: The Maillard Reaction - Section 3: Explain

 

While I do provide differentiated reading assignments for students, please do not confuse this with "dumbing down" the reading or finding those "just-right" texts we hear so much about. Common Core standards asks teachers to think carefully about what children read and choose grade-level texts that use sophisticated language or make significant knowledge demands of the reader. Consequently, the reading we tackle in our classroom will be scientific, sophisticated, and will require students to read with purpose, focus, and mindfulness in order to comprehend and apply to the learning activity. That is not to say that I am unprepared or unwilling to offer students support as they grapple with the text. Instead, I select texts that will challenge all readers, but will not ignore the needs of a diverse group of students who may also be challenged with language concerns, learning disabilities, or giftedness. When choosing texts for my students, instead of asking, “Can the students read this?” I ask myself , "Can the students read/comprehend this with support?", "Can the students synthesize/apply this material?“ and even, "Is this worth the time and effort it will take to read and comprehend?”

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Warm and Toasty: The Maillard Reaction

Unit 7: Chemistry and Cooking
Lesson 5 of 12

Objective: SWBAT differentiate between chemical and physical changes as they describe the causes and effects of the Maillard Reaction.

Big Idea: Why does bread get brown when toasted? It's all because of a chemical reaction known as the Maillard reaction. Learn about this process and other chemical changes in this delicious lesson!

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