Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Introduction to Scientific Observation & Measurement: Day Two of Plaid Pete's Prize Potato - Section 2: Focus & Motivation


The Comparative Input Chart used in this investigation is an example of a Project G.L.A.D. Strategy (Guided Language Acquisition Design).  While these strategies were primarily developed as a way to provide "comprehensible input" to students who are learning English as a second language, they are also effective strategies for use with all students who have language and learning needs.  

I use a wide variety of input charts in my instruction, comparative, as well as pictorial input charts and narrative input charts.  This link provides instructions on how to construct these charts.  One of the most important aspects, is that the charts are actually drawn in front of the students for "brain imprinting."  I was skeptical at first, but after a number of years of working with these strategies, I have seen incredible increases in academic and language performance.

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Introduction to Scientific Observation & Measurement: Day Two of Plaid Pete's Prize Potato

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
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Objective: SWBAT collect qualitative and quantitative data and use it as evidence to support a scientific claim.

Big Idea: How do scientists use data to support a claim? Do some types of data provide more effective support than others? Students lend Plaid Pete a helping hand, as they collect evidence to make a claim about the identity of the Prize Potato.

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