Reflection: Classroom Setup Presenting the Patterns: Collaborating and Drafting - Section 3: Exploration (The Space Walk!)


When planning the space in my classroom, I set up many small areas where students can work.  It is not uncommon to find students sprawled on pillows in a corner, on cubes at a small table, or sitting side-by-side at the writing center bench.

Throughout all subject areas, I have built routines to teach children how to choose appropriate areas.  For example, I teach them not to be too close to other groups, to feel free to get comfy, but most of all, to focus on their work no matter where they are!  At the beginning of the year, I often assign areas as well until students get used to the options.

In this lesson, some students got clipboards and moved to rugs to work.  Others chose desks to collaborate.  Students are free to move about the classroom to retrieve supplies from their desks or communal supply areas, check anchor charts, or ask questions to other students.  

Students working around the room

Students choose where to work

When students moved from graphic organizers to drafts of their posters, many moved closer to the anchor chart giving them further directions.

Students move closer to the Anchor Chart when working on posters.

  Classroom Setup: Students choose where to work
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Presenting the Patterns: Collaborating and Drafting

Unit 3: Space: Patterns in the Sky
Lesson 14 of 16

Objective: SWBAT describe a pattern in the sky.

Big Idea: Teacher and peer evaluation ~ the keys to success on pattern projects!

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