Reflection: Student Communication Panda Bears in Phoenix (2 Day Lesson) - Section 3: Explain (Day 2)


I believe the "Glow and Grow" strategy is a perfect tool for my students to use when reflecting and assessing their own, or a peer's work.  Each student needs nothing more than two different highlighters or colored pencils, and a work sample to assess. For management purposes, I use a rubber band to keep the two colors together (and make it quick and easy for the students to get their supplies), and organize them in a bucket in a central location in the class. The students work alone or in pairs to highlight glowing and growing areas on copies of the student work, jotting notes on sticky notes to indicate reasons why each area was highlighted.  I usually have them complete this activity in pairs the first few times we do it, and then move to having them do it alone when they get more practice in providing and justifying their feedback. I have found that this strategy promotes some really great accountable talk among the students and helps to reinforce the content, as well as speaking/listening and higher order thinking skills (evaluating).

  Why "Glow and Grow"?
  Student Communication: Why "Glow and Grow"?
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Panda Bears in Phoenix (2 Day Lesson)

Unit 2: Zoology
Lesson 7 of 17

Objective: SWBAT research and design an enclosure appropriate for the survival of an animal that is not native to the environment. SWBAT debate the pros and cons of keeping animals in captivity.

Big Idea: Panda bears used to the cool, damp, mountains and forests of Southwest China. Could they survive in the dry heat of the Arizona desert?

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