Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Blue Box Presentations - Section 4: Wrap-up


After teaching the Blue Box lessons 1 and 2 and talking to the other 2nd grade teachers who used the blue boxes and did these lessons with their kiddos, I will approach the lesson a little differently next time.

For one, students need more time to develop their skills of observation, just to understand this concept. It is not enough for them to be able to restate that we use our 5 senses to make observations. For example, I asked my students to use their eyes and make observations about the classroom, some said they couldn't, even after I had students share with each other first.

I wondered if they thought there was only one correct answer...? So as a preliminary lesson, we would play I spy, I smell...tying these back to the concept that these are observations.

Another area that needed to be developed sooner in the lessons is the observation word bank. Rather than teams move through the lab book on their own, I would move the teams through each page together. Then when we got to the observation page we could address the differences of conclusion vs observation at the time that we develop our observation words. This would be the place that I would end the first part of lesson one.

I taught the 'Blue Box' lessons to 2 classes, each group had their own approach and synergy that affected what they would share with the class. One team emptied out a pencil box and placed things in the box to compare sounds. Ingenious! I called this out to the rest of the class, then other teams chose to try this procedure too. The experience affected all the other team's discussions. As a teacher, I can help facilitate this 'thinking out of the box' by paying close attention to how students are reaching their conclusions, and asking questions, "How did you get to this answer?"


  Reflection on Blue Box Lesson part 1 and 2
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Reflection on Blue Box Lesson part 1 and 2
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Blue Box Presentations

Unit 1: Our Scientific Community
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT present their conclusions on what is in their 'blue box'.

Big Idea: Students' curiosity is in high gear! What's in everyone's blue box? They listen to their fellow scientific teams share their observations and conclusions.

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