Reflection: Trust and Respect She Sorts Seashells By the Seashore - Section 5: Class Discussion/Wrap up


As I watched my students move to the next group and see how the they had grouped their shells, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. It is the beginning of the school year and these students really don't know each other very well. I had explained, and modeled the process twice, playing each role, and then had 3 students model for the class as well, but until I saw them interacting, I hadn't realized that there had to be a certain level of trust involved in order for this to be successful. When they asked questions, the students were so respectful of each other's ideas and proud to stand behind their reasoning. I never expected this to be a team building exercise on how to share ideas and agreeing to disagree but that's exactly what happened. I was so proud of them!

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She Sorts Seashells By the Seashore

Unit 1: Classifying Seashells
Lesson 1 of 2

Objective: SWBAT classify seashells by observing similarities and differences in patterns.

Big Idea: Just as scientists classify organisms based on specific criteria, during this introductory lesson on classifying, students classify seashells by the criteria they have agreed upon collaboratively.

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