Reflection: Student Ownership Hydrosphere: The Water Cycle Day 2 - Section 3: Explore


To ensure group work is engaging and productive today, I decided to let student teams choose which research topic they were most interested in studying further. Prior to teams choosing their research topics, we discussed how every water cycle term is important and how important it is to be willing to study any of them.

With that said, students would often celebrate when they ended up getting one of the topics they were most interested in. By providing students with choices, students were more engaged and productive! They took ownership of their research topic as they knew that the whole class was relying on them to "teach" important information on their water cycle topic. 

I often asked groups why they chose their research topic. One student said, "It was the coolest one," and another student said, "I think it's cool that water can actually be store in the ground, like a water bottle." Clearly, just by asking students to choose their research topics encouraged them to think about and connect with the provided topics. 

  Providing Students with Choices
  Student Ownership: Providing Students with Choices
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Hydrosphere: The Water Cycle Day 2

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 8 of 16

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

Big Idea: In this lesson, student teams research key water cycle terms in order to complete a water cycle diagram poster. Then, students analyze and explain how the Earth's spheres interact during this process.

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