Reflection: High Quality Task Climate Change: It's All Around Us (Day 2 of 3) - Section 1: Notes for the Teacher


When I was first putting together this activity, I was a bit worried that the reading load might be challenging for students and that might frustrate them or keep them from engaging in our research and discussion.  What I found instead is that students are eager to learn about things that are important to them and that level of interest alone is enough to enhance their persistence during potentially difficult tasks.  Allowing time for reading in the classroom, providing alternative support settings and groupings for students to utilize as they tackled specific challenges in vocabulary or content, and transition between solo, large group, and small group work also helped students of all abilities access the content and participate in meaningful dialog.  

I have really enjoyed working with this lesson format.  Students are eager to learn about climate change and see it as relevant to their lives and future.  The pacing of the lesson allows for both individual quite time, group check ins, and dialogue with peers unfamiliar with their content area of expertise and these many roles for each student add layers of depth and exposure to content knowledge that a simple lecture or video just can't give them.  See a sample of student written reflections for more insight into the kinds of thinking and discussions students were having as they constructed meaning from our primary texts.

  Interest and Engagement
  High Quality Task: Interest and Engagement
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Climate Change: It's All Around Us (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 3: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to connect multiple ecological impacts of climate change through a jigsaw reading and discussion activity using current, popular resources.

Big Idea: How does climate change impact wildfires, the oceans, and glaciers? How do our national policies to fight climate change stack up against those of other nations? Students will find out through an engaging JigSaw Activity in this lesson!

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