Before we begin a lesson, I sometimes like to gauge my students to determine if I need to build up additional schema, or if I'm good to go with what I have. Having my students write their information on post-its is such an easy and engaging way for students to show what they know, or what they think they know. I don't have them put their name on the post-its because I find that the anonymity allows them to be more forth coming with what they know. Here is how we started, What I know about Dolphins.
I wanted my students to get a clear picture of how dolphins use extraordinary teamwork to survive. I used a PowerPoint I created, Dolphin Teamwork, to show them different examples. To further enhance the lesson, I also included multimedia examples focusing on echolocation and dolphin teamwork in catching fish. I couldn't take them to see dolphins, so I brought the dolphins to them digitally!
We watched videos, discussed techniques, and learned new vocabulary, but I still wanted a way that I could check for understanding. I had my students complete the Dolphin 3-2-1 Notebook Response. I made copies for each student, that they then glued in their individual notebooks. They completed this as a group, and then we discussed their responses. It was a great way of having students connect and extend what they had learned, first in a small group, and then whole class.