Reflection: Journaling A Sticky Situation! - Section 2: Engage!


Since children in my classroom have trouble with engaging in rich scientific discourse with their peers, I made a Purposeful Conversations (Partner Power) Student Desk Sheet for them to use when they are discussing ideas.  Then when the children are discussing, they can refer to the sheet to help them rephrase, clarify and understand what their partner just said.  

This little sheet made such a BIG difference in my classroom.  I discussed ideas with the children on how to use it and gave examples of how I would use it in conversation.  Then I let my students give it a try.  They absolutely loved using it! Having it taped on their desks was ingenious since they easily referred to it when they were discussing!  I heard them buzzing with ideas and reflecting on them with their partner.  They actually sounded like scientists discussing ideas with each other.  I think it also made a difference in their listening skills, too, since they are listening with a purpose.  I plan on using it throughout the day, not just in science.

I started out with just a few choices of dialogue on the desk sheet since I wanted to keep it attainable and simple.  With my class, sometimes too many choices can add to confusion.  This is a beginning step to get them to where I ultimately want them to be.  So I laminated them before I stuck them on the desk.  So as the year progresses, and so do we, I can take them off of the desks and add a more elaborate new version.  Then I can put the former version away until I need it again next year.

It is a great tool and definitely worth the extra effort!

  Journaling: Purposeful Conversations
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A Sticky Situation!

Unit 3: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT state how plants depend on animals to move their seeds around.

Big Idea: Why do burrs stick to animals and people? Burrs might be annoying to us, but they depend on this effective method for seed dispersal.

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