Reflection: Discourse and Questioning My Five Senses - Section 3: Guided Practice


The sorting activity was a fun one for my students to complete, and it helped me learn a great deal about how they think about their five senses.  As the students were sorting the cards, many of the students said "sight" as the way they would experience a item.  I really had to challenge some of them to think beyond their sense of "sight" and think of all the different senses that we use to experience things in our life.  It was fun to question them about an object and see them connect to an object in some way different then sight.  I realized how important my presence was during the sort in coaching the students and getting them to think beyond the obvious.  I was very fortunate that I had a paraprofessional  in the room during this activity.  She worked with one group of students and I worked with the other.  We were both able to coach them and help them expand their thinking.

If a teacher does not have the luxury of having another adult in the room during this activity, perhaps a modification should be made, doing it as a whole group, so all the students can benefit from the teacher's "think-alouds" and coaching.  I am certain the students did a much better job on the independent practice activity because of the guidance they received during this portion of the lesson. 

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  Discourse and Questioning: Expanding Our Thinking
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My Five Senses

Unit 2: My Five Senses
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to name the five sentences and the body structures associated with each sense by classifying items by which senses we use to experience them.

Big Idea: Observational skills are key to science exploration. This lesson gives students an introductory experience with the fives senses, preparing them to be successful scientists.

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Science, senses, Sight, Taste, Touch, smell
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