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Reptiles, Time For A New Outfit

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrate Classification
Big Idea: Scientist develop models in order to explain phenomena
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Classroom Video: Exit Tickets

Photosynthesis - Analyzing Data (Day 3)

7th Grade Science » Unit: Cell Processess
Big Idea: Plants make their own food.
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Respect and Responsibility

The activity has them leaving the classroom and requires the students to work independently from the teacher. In order to make this a positive experience it is important to lay down clear expectations. In the first few days of school we cover respect and responsibility as being expectations. I remind my class that the expectations I have for them is that they can have fun while learning. Respect is following directions, being polite, and in this case being mindful of others in the building who are working. For example, they will visit a part of the school where others might be, they need to not distract and be good observers. I ask them how they can demonstrate responsibility and I add to their ideas on how it pertains to this lesson. After each expectation is given I always give the opposite example of what is NOT expected. It helps make the message more clear and gives them a model of what not to do.  

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Follow the Leader: Following Directions

4th Grade Science » Unit: Opening Science
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Google Drive 101

Google Drive 101

6th Grade Science » Unit: Scientific Protocol
Big Idea: In my paperless classroom, Google Drive is our main source of communication, information and feedback for students.
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Pairing students up

Although in general, shy students feel more comfortable working in pairs, pairing these students up with outgoing and dominant classmates may not be a good thing. The shy or struggling student may fall into an overly passive role allowing the dominating student to “take over”. So, although I want to pair struggling students with more advanced ones in this activity, I think about how my students “tick”, and pair them up carefully as I hand each a pairing card.

Once students are paired I walk by each pair and give the group certain “suggestions” to avoid one student “taking over”. This could be a preliminary task like asking the shy student to do the writing, or telling the group that this student will be called on to explain a problem at the end of the activity. Another thing that must be done is helping these students’ self-confidence by saying things to the group as you walk by, which lets the more outgoing student know, that their partner has qualities that should be respected. I would say things like “You know Tom is usually very quiet, but he’s got a lot to contribute and knows what’s going on”, or “Don’t let Lisa’s silence during class fool ya, she is on target with everything”. I do try to be sincere about the comments, but always very positive.

In general,  students in some way or another seek acceptance from peers, and working in small groups is an opportunity to achieve this, so providing an environment in which they can participate without fear of judgment or embarrassment is crucial.



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Creating your own Systems of Equations

ALGEBRA /My Betterlesson Curriculum » Unit: Systems of Linear Equations
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Classroom Video: Think Aloud

Investigating Worms Part 2

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Structures
Big Idea: How can you conduct an experiment to answer your questions about worms?
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Student Train Conclusion

Exploring Magnetic Levitation

8th Grade Science » Unit: Generating Energy
Big Idea: Watch as your students experience the magic of magnetics while exploring a futuristic transportation modality.
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WP: Answer a question involving a fraction and a decimal

7th Grade Math » Unit: Expressions and Equations
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Comparison/Contrast Essay Planning

8th Grade ELA » Unit: Student-Created Essays and Creative Writing
Big Idea: Planning is a key component of the writing process. Technology can help!
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A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E: Put Your Hands Up for Illuminated Poetry Presentations

12th Grade ELA » Unit: Romantic, Victorian, and Modern British Poetry
Big Idea: "Never trust the artist. Trust the tale." --D. H. Lawrence
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