Reflection: Trust and Respect Science Journals - Scale and Size - Section 3: Activity


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During this lesson, I used a lot of questions for my whole class. At the beginning of the year, our school takes the first ten days to teach our classroom expectations explicitly using the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) model. In this video, you can tell that the students are really trying to respect each other by raising their hands and not talking over each other, even though they are laughing about my picture because it was a funny picture! This establishes a culture of trust among the students because they begin to discover that not only will they get a turn to share at some point but also that they will not be laughed at or ridiculed when they share their ideas. This is important in science because sometimes the best answers are the ones that do not follow the norm--think of Einstein! I want that level of trust in my classroom where students feel comfortable contributing to the conversation and the respect that when it is not their turn, they are not only quiet but they are also listening to the other students and responding to them as well.

Also, the answers that the students provide are complex reasons for why the picture of my dog had improved and I realized during this lesson how much vocabulary they had as a group about size! They use the terms taller, bigger, and too small. Knowing this, I can adjust my level of vocabulary and include even more descriptive adjectives that can continue to build their vocabulary. By increasing the rigor, I will keep my students engaged and not bored!

  Trust and Respect: Students tackle a difficult question!
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Science Journals - Scale and Size

Unit 1: Introducing Science Journals
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT understand the purpose for science journals including the importance of accurately depicting scale and size of drawing they create.

Big Idea: Science journals allow students to record information they have learned. By creating pictures and drawings with accurate size and scale, students will have accurate information when they use their notebooks throughout the year as reference material.

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Science, Science Skills, first, journals
  30 minutes
example of scale with a giraffe and
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