Reflection: Real World Applications Sorting it All Out, Seeds! - Section 2: Engage


I teach this unit of study in the spring. By that time my kids have had plenty of experience with me leading them in collecting and recording data. By spring the kids are ready to begin taking this task on for themselves. They no longer need me to lead the discussions or sharing of data; they are ready to begin asking each other questions, share information and compare data.

I structure these simple discussions in this way because it is reflective of behavior seen in a real scientific research setting. Scientists test and compare data all the time. Students who record and share data are more likely to ownership of their learning.

This strategy is always successful. I gradually release the data sharing and comparing responsibility to the kids. By the end of the year the kids autonomously record, share and compare data. Most of them grow to a level where they can question each other for a deeper understanding of a topic. It just takes time and patients as well as modeling. For this lesson it is simply comparing numbers. In future lessons are asked to extend that skill to comparing not just numbers.

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Sorting it All Out, Seeds!

Unit 10: That's the way to plant one!
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT sort seeds into groups based on their attributes.

Big Idea: Kids use the attributes of seeds to sort them into like piles. We use the same seeds to plant in future lessons.

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Science, plants, questioning strategy, roots, flower
  50 minutes
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