Reflection: ELL Students Life Cycle of a Honey Bee - Section 4: Explain


I knew that my students were really gleaning all the new information that was coming with this unit, but I wasn't sure if they were really internalizing the concepts of life cycles and body parts and systems.  I wanted my students to really imprint this learning into their background knowledge and truly internalize the information, I needed another avenue to bring this learning to life. (Also, live specimens in this situation are not an option). I choose to use a pictorial input chart.  These are great for addressing that need to really make the learning tactile, without having the manipulative available. 

These are amazing charts with research behind them.  They are fantastic organizers that incorporate brain imprinting.  In Robert Marzano's Classroom Instruction that Works, graphic organizers are one the ten strategies that have been proven to improve growth in student learning.  

The trick is to have the chart created ahead of time.  Taking a pencil and lightly sketching in the object you will be creating in front of the children makes it easy to ensure that the drawing will turn out with a distinct and recognizable shape. When you present the lesson to the children, you go over the pencil sketch again with marker. I recommend Mr. Sketch markers, they work very well. They have vivid color and nice chiseled tips that allow for good tracing and writing of information.  

While you are adding the ink and sketching your drawing again in front of students, you are talking and sharing information about the object you are sketching.  While doing this, you are imprinting the information for students and making the information accessible.  

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Life Cycle of a Honey Bee

Unit 2: Unit 2 - The World of Little Critters - Insects
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: SWBAT make inferences with prior life cycle knowledge to predict the life cycle of the honey bee.

Big Idea: Discovering that life cycles are a part of all living creatures worlds is a pattern in nature.

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