Reflection: Student Grouping Beaks Experiment - Section 4: Landing (Closing)


The desks in my room are arranged in groups of four or six, so that everyone has an "elbow" buddy.  They work with this partner at some point each, especially when playing new math games.  I have mostly on-grade level students in my room, so I pair them with either higher or lower ability children.  As the year progresses, I get a better sense of personalities and abilities.  I switch selected students throughout the year as I try to perfect the partnerships or give students new opportunities.  It is also important to me that my ELL or very shy students are with a "helper" type.  I want them paired with a student who will talk them through activities or show them and tell them directions in their own words.

In this lesson, students shared some materials with their elbow buddies, and also as a whole at their tables.  Tables of six got 2 trays of materials.  Elbow buddies are so used to sharing by this point in the year that this experiment ran smoothly!  Probably the only issue we ran into was some spilled water from the gummy bear bowls, which resulted in some wet data sheets!

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Beaks Experiment

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 4 of 16

Objective: SWBAT analyze data to describe how birds meet their needs for food.

Big Idea: Time for an experiment! How many seeds can you pick up with tweezers? How about a wooden skewer, or a spoon? Record and analyze your data to understand why certain beaks work best for certain foods.

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