Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Not Dinner Plates! Global Plates.... - Section 5: Evaluate


I created this data grid to document the observations the children made.  I know the words and language of the concept were difficult, so I provide them with those words.  I have seen other lessons similar to this on line for Middle School and Junior High students.  I took those ideas and meshed them together into this for my students.  

I allow the children about ten minutes to complete this.  However, it was more challenging than I anticipated. I ended up helping them through this.  The children glued these pages into their journals when they were done.

 The next time I teach this lesson, I will walk the children through the data grid more. I thought that they would be able to do this independently.  I don't know if it was too hard, or the fact that I was teaching this Christmas Week.  

The children could not seem to wrap their minds around taking the words at the top of the page, words that we had used repeatedly throughout the lesson and use them to fill in the chart.  

When I clued into this, I instantly changed my direction and began to walk them through the writing. They did well, when I helped them.  

Another thing I know I will do is to create hand motions to accompany the words, converge and diverge.  I know having that total body response built in, will make a huge difference.  

  Grappling with Complexity: Adaptations
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Not Dinner Plates! Global Plates....

Unit 4: Unit 4- The Alpine Mountain Environment
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between three types of earth movements: earthquakes, divergence and convergence.

Big Idea: The shape of the earth's surface has taken millions of years to form. Most of those movements have followed the same process, but seeing those movements are difficult when it takes so long.

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