Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Rock Cycle - Section 5: Wrap Up


Exposed to Information in a Variety of Ways

This lesson incorporated so many different learning styles in order to expose students to the information in a way that they would remember it.  The beginning of the lesson was for review and teaching.  At the beginning of the lesson students were observing rocks to compare and contrast.  This hands on approach allows students to use their senses to help put a feel to the different types of rocks.  In the next section they were drawing diagrams to help them visualize the rock cycle and how one type of rock changes to the other types.  This appeals to those visual learners who really like to see things mapped out for them.  It is also good for auditory learners because they are hearing me teach everything they are recording in the foldable and diagram. 

After that, the rock cycle game was introduced which allowed students to practice with new knowledge.  Students worked in small groups to play a game answering questions about the different types of rocks and the rock cycle.  This allowed them to ask their peers questions if needed and practice with science vocabulary.  This activity appealed to those learners who enjoy games and are competitive.  Many students respond well to learning when it is made fun through games.  

I was able to assess student understanding through the s'more model they completed and questions they answered.   This activity gave students the opportunity to get up and move during the lesson which many students need.  It was also a way to see if they would apply what they learned to a new situation.  I wanted to see if they could name the types of rock based on how they formed, and could identify characteristics of each type.  This provided another hands on activity in a fun way.   

  Exposed to Information In a Variety of Ways
  Discourse and Questioning: Exposed to Information In a Variety of Ways
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Rock Cycle

Unit 7: Earth's Systems
Lesson 5 of 14

Objective: SWBAT define the three types of rocks and differentiate between how they form.

Big Idea: Students diagram the rock cycle and then play a rock cycle game to practice what they have learned.

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