Reflection: Routines and Procedures Hydrosphere: Water Distribution on Earth - Section 3: Explore


When developing routines and procedures to support students to work independently in the science classroom, I have taken two important steps!

1. Organizing Science Teams

First, science teams are the always the same for every investigation or research project until we move desks again! Each desk group is carefully composed of about six desks. This means that the group splits in half to create science groups of three. Other times, the group splits into three groups of two. This management strategy works perfectly and saves a lot of instructional time! Whenever we move desks in our classroom, I always take into consideration student abilities and strengths. I also evaluate each partnership of two or three students. 

2. Establishing Student Roles

In the past, I've tried assigning science roles to students in each team, such as the "getter," the "recorder," and the "presenter," however, it's difficult to keep track of these roles and often the roles that are needed to be filled for each science lesson can change. In addition, having only one "getter" often slows down the distribution of supplies. 

Asking students to silently show me a #1, #2, or #3 on their hands (when in a team of three students), has worked out beautifully for supply distribution and clean up. This is the first year I've experimented with this technique. Students LOVE feeling responsible for supplies and feeling like they fill an integral role on the team!

In addition, if I see an unanticipated need in the classroom, I can easily ask one student from each team to help out. During today's lesson, I noticed that there were loose paper scraps on desk and on the floor from cutting out the cup/bottle labels, so I asked the #1 students to collect and recycle all the scrap pieces of paper. In no time, the classroom was clean and students were ready to carry on with their investigations! 

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Hydrosphere: Water Distribution on Earth

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 9 of 16

Objective: SWBAT make a graph to show the distribution of water on Earth and write about my observations.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students explore the distribution of water on Earth by completing an investigation. Then students construct a circle graph to further analyze the Earth's water.

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Science, fresh water, earth, hydrosphere, biosphere, Earth Systems and Natural Disasters, erosion, circle graph, water, salt water, geosphere
  60 minutes
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