Reflection: Intervention and Extension Modeling The Rain Shadow Effect - Section 3: Reflect & Apply


To support students as they articulate scientific ideas when constructing a written argument about the interaction of the Earth's spheres during the rain shadow effect, I ask peers to model their thinking out loud

Peer modeling is a powerful teaching tool for many reasons. 

1) Some students are highly motivated by recognition and having the opportunity to share their ideas with classmates. In fact, if ever I forget, students will often ask, "Can I share?" In this case, peer modeling serves as an intervention.

2) When students share aloud, I can support students with misconceptions or encourage students to explain their thinking further: Hydrosphere & Biosphere Interactions. Here, peer modeling provides and opportunity to extend learning.

3) As a final example of providing an intervention, several students struggle with communicating their thoughts with ease, including an ELL student. These students can often find success when they are exposed to peer modeling. For example, here is an example of an ELL student's work during this time: Rain Shadow Effect Responses ELL Learner. By hearing how other students worded their written responses, she was able to successfully write her own response! 

  Intervention and Extension: Peer Modeling
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Modeling The Rain Shadow Effect

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 13 of 16

Objective: SWBAT explain how the Earth's systems are interacting during the Rain Shadow Effect.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students complete their 3D model of the rain shadow effect by adding labels to explain the steps and key vocabulary. Then students discuss how the Earth's systems interact during this process.

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Science, hydrosphere, biosphere, Earth Systems and Natural Disasters, erosion, model, earth systems, rain shadow effect, interaction, geosphere
  70 minutes
student rain shadow effect model with labels
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