Reflection: ELL Students Volcanoes of the American West: Recording and Representing Data - Section 2: Active Engagement


This activity's complexity lies in both the idea of time and the number of involved steps. For this reason, I tend to work through this lesson as a whole group.  This does not mean that students who demonstrate drive and adequate understanding cannot move ahead.  It always varies depending on the class, but I think it's important to note that even though we have moved to student-centered classrooms where they are the primary drivers of instruction, there are still times when the teacher needs to be a strong guide.  Setting students loose too soon and too fast leads to frustration and with consistent guidance this lesson is very manageable.  Without support it they have difficulty remembering all the steps.  Keeping them in the zone of proximal development is always a balance act, but a worthwhile one!

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Volcanoes of the American West: Recording and Representing Data

Unit 17: Volcanoes (Data Collection, Graphs, Addition & Subtraction)
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT record data compiled from the past 3 days and create a graph to represent the approximate time that continental, lower 48 volcanoes last erupted. They will then pick 5 of the most recently active volcanoes and use Google Earth to map the distance between those volcanoes and the closest town/city.

Big Idea: The advent of the internet has given us phenomenal access to real-world data that we can use to make practicing basic operations more relevant and interesting for students.

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Math, Numbers and Operations, technology integration, first week of school 4th grade, first week of school 5th grade
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