Reflection: Routines and Procedures Turning a Non-productive Day to a Productive Day - Section 4: Collaborative Activity


For my part, I felt today was a productive day, primarily because instead of seeing exploring the shells as a wasted day I turned it into a lesson on speaking and listening, and of course- sharing.  However an ‘ah-ha’ for the next time I teach this lesson would be to use ‘talking sticks’ in each group.  Basically a talking stick is a large tongue depressor that the speaker holds when speaking.  While the speaker has the stick no else may speak.  When the speaker is finished he/she either puts the stick down for the next person to pick up, or hands it to the next speaker.  You may set other rules for the talking stick, such as the stick gets passed to the right of the group, or a person may only speak for one minute at a time.

I also enjoyed the freedom I feel the common core standards give me to step away from my district’s adopted reading series to further enrich my students’ curricula experience.

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Turning a Non-productive Day to a Productive Day

Unit 13: Moving with Hermit Crabs
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT work together to group shells in agreed upon categories based on criteria they discussed in their group.

Big Idea: In this lesson your students work collaboratively to develop ideas and knowledge.

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English / Language Arts, compare-and-contrast, informational text, conversation
  60 minutes
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