Reflection: Student Ownership Exploring the Water Cycle - Section 5: Evaluate

 

Having choices is motivating. But from a teacher's point of view, the resulting product as well as the supports students need as they tackle their self chosen task, can be a nightmare. 

There's another way! Give students choices, but their choices come off a "menu" provided by you. For example, students can be given a RAFT assignment, which has choices built right in. In this assignment the student or the teacher can choose each of the RAFT elements:

Role

Audience

Format

Topic

Students could be given diverse entry points. For example, the teacher can control three elements of the RAFT, and let the student choose the fourth while another student could have control of two or three elements. 

Science RAFTS can be found on the web and I've included two guides found online in the resources here.

  Student Ownership: Student Choice
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Exploring the Water Cycle

Unit 8: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT to develop a model to describe the cycling of water among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

Big Idea: Students explore water cycle.

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Science, ecosystem, water cycle, ELL, interaction, Energy, dynamic
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