Reflection: ELL Students The Weather House: Collaborative Presentation and Individual Writing - Section 3: Explain- Presentations


Oral presentations provide me with a wealth of information, and that is why I try to use them at the very start of the year.  In addition to informally assessing each student’s ability to communicate specific information related to the design task, I am also able to get an initial sense of other skills and qualities.  For example, can they speak in complete sentences?  Can they generate their own sentence stems from the questions on the study guide, or do they need additional oral prompting?  Do they demonstrate 3rd grade appropriate subject-verb agreement, use of personal and possessive pronouns, and plural nouns?  Then there are the less tangible but still important observations of their social preferences, such as:  Do they seem comfortable working in a group?  Do they try to take charge?  Do they have difficulty jumping into a conversation?  Do they feel comfortable talking in front of the class?  These are just a few of the reasons I find oral presentations, such as the example below, so valuable.

This student's question provides me with meaningful information.  He can use question stems in his answer.  He speaks in complete, clearly enunciated sentences.  He knows which terms he should apply to his question, even though the words get a bit jumbled.  (Remember, this is the first week of school!)  He likes to ask questions.  He was one of the first volunteers.  While I usually call on students randomly, during the first week or so of school, I tend to use volunteers more than I do otherwise because I want to give students time to acclimate to the classroom, and to me!

  Asking and Answering Questions
  ELL Students: Asking and Answering Questions
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The Weather House: Collaborative Presentation and Individual Writing

Unit 1: Introduction to 3rd Grade Science
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT present and justify how their house is built to survive local weather conditions and they will critique the reasoning of others.

Big Idea: Science is a process of constant examination and revision based on new information.

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Science, design process, Community Building, problem solving, collaborative learning, start of year 3rd grade
  60 minutes
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