Reflection: ELL Students Geosphere: The Rock Cycle Day 2 - Section 2: Focus


I use songs in the classroom on a regular basis. Sometimes I write content-related lyrics to the tune of a well known nursery rhyme, such as London Bridge is Falling Down, or I find another teacher's song on You Tube. I use songs for many reasons. First, songs help reinforce high-level vocabulary as repeated exposure is one of the number one ways to develop vocabulary. This is especially important for ELL students learning the English language. Second, songs bring learning alive. What is often dry, uninteresting content can easily become fun and engaging. Finally, songs also help students learn procedural steps. For example, when learning long division, there are several steps that can be challenging for students to learn. Instead of telling students the steps when they forget, I'll often begin humming or singing the song. Students will excitedly say, "Oh, now I get it!" 

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Geosphere: The Rock Cycle Day 2

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 6 of 16

Objective: SWBAT construct a diagram to describe the rock cycle and explain how the Earth's systems interact during this process.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students create and describe a rock cycle diagram poster and determine how the Earth's spheres interact in the rock cycle.

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