Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Changing Matter: Mrs. Parker States Her Case - Section 4: Instruction


When students are presented with new and demanding content, like the idea that the solid matter they see is actually constructed of tiny little particles, they need as many opportunities to incorporate these new understandings as can be provided.  They also need that content delivered in a variety of different formats.  That is why you will see multiple vehicles of instruction in many of my lessons.  I try to incorporate visuals, in the form of posters and models; videos; big books; picture books; chants; text; storyboards, and hands-on examples.  

I have students in my classroom that are not proficient in English, students who have attention difficulties, and others who have learning barriers; but I know that they need access to the same rich and complex content that their on-grade level peers have access to. Most students can access complex content, as long as they have a way to get there.  They need teachers to build them a bridge, and then they can.

  Building Bridges to New Learning
  Grappling with Complexity: Building Bridges to New Learning
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Changing Matter: Mrs. Parker States Her Case

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 16 of 22

Objective: SWBAT construct a simple model that describes the Kinetic Theory of Matter.

Big Idea: How do particles move in different states of matter? Students get to meet Plaid Pete's Mom, as they dive into an investigation into The Kinetic Theory of Matter.

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Science, matter (Chem), Science Vocabulary, science notebooks
  65 minutes
2014 10 22 14 28 55
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