Reflection: Rigor Tour the Basics - Concept Map - Section 3: Tour the Basics - End


The Tour the basics guided notes can seem a rather simple task, and if your students are like mine, they might just roll their eyes when you ask them to re-read the notes and underline the content words (i.e. "Once again, underline the words related to genetics in the questions and/or your answers"). However, this gives an immediate purpose for having completed the guided notes and gets students to realize that they are adding a lot more than "just" words to their knowledge bank. By repeating the procedure, students connect ideas that might otherwise have remained as isolated facts on a piece of paper (student work). 

These guided notes are the beginning of my students' understanding of the concepts under study, so I know they will still need support in refining definitions. They are barely getting comfortable with using the words and concepts in our classroom discussions, but  by giving them several opportunities to go over the material, they begin to develop the foundation for the lessons and activities that are to come.

  Rigor: Guided notes can be so much more...
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Tour the Basics - Concept Map

Unit 6: Genetics
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to explain basic concepts in genetics and organize them using a concept map.

Big Idea: How do genes influence how organisms look and function?

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