Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge 2. Air is on the Move - Section 4: Explain


Photo Finish Graphic Organizer

In this portion of the lesson, I selected the "Photo Finish" graphic organizer, a great strategy for visually developing important concepts presented in the lesson.  This graphic organizer is especially good for spatial learners as they have the chance to represent their understanding with illustrations.  The photo finish template can be used in a variety of ways to assess students understanding.  For instance, it is ideal to use to display important events, key terms, cause and effect, compare and contrast, before and after, sequencing, etc. The best way to incorporate this template into a lesson is to model its use and purpose with students. One way is through a think aloud by talking about the keys ideas and the best way to represent them.  It is best to continue modeling as students begin to practice independently until students develop a sense on how to complete it on there own.

In this lesson, students have the chance to illustrate key ideas about weather from the class discussion and Bill Nye video. I predetermined the vocabulary words that were relevant to our understanding of how weather forms and why it changes. Students went on and used this organizer to develop a visual illustration of each word as we defined them.  A couple ways I differentiated this for my English language learners and special education students was to have definitions already on the template and/or definition frames where the student would fill in the missing word. These modifications would depend on the students academic level and/or language level.  Overall, I found this to be a success for my students. They were especially engaged with details in their drawings. 

  Photo Finish graphic organizer
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Photo Finish graphic organizer
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2. Air is on the Move

Unit 1: Weather
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT describe how the Sun's uneven heating of the Earth causes air to move and form convection currents and global wind patterns.

Big Idea: Students will examine warm air rising and cold air sinking through an investigation to recognize different temperatures cause convection currents and global wind patterns to form and impact weather in an area.

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