Reflection: Complex Tasks Animal Karate and Camouflage - Section 5: Student Reflection


This lesson was way to rigorous for the first of August in my class. I had to slow down, and stop. Then I finished the lesson the next day. I just sensed frustration. So, I am thinking that it may be helpful to decrease the text complexity, increase the spacing, and font size. I always seem to forget what the first part of first grade is like, because at the end of first grade my class is usually full of fluent readers. So, I needed to scaffold the text more than I expected.

I also find it is so challenging to get my students to speak loud and clear. This is probably related to the fact that many of them did not speak English first. They are unsure of how to say words, and they often learn slang instead of the letter sounds first. In addition, I find the student to lack confidence speaking. So, I really try to encourage the students to speak loud, but as you can see in the video my student still has a soft voice. I expect that with daily practice that will change. I say, "Please speak louder. Make sure you enunciate your sounds. Be confident." The last thing I do is model speaking too soft. Then I ask which way they would rather me speak and why.

I also encourage students to speak in sentence, because I find there is a connection between speaking and writing. Many students write just like they speak, so I need that in complete thoughts or sentences.

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Animal Karate and Camouflage

Unit 1: Similarities in Animals
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about how kangaroo and chameleons use their external features to stay alive.

Big Idea: Engage in some interesting content as students learn about science in the animal kingdom.

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