Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge (Day 1)-Preview Vocabulary-Matter and Its Properties - Section 2: Engage


The 5-3-1 Strategy

The 5-3-1 strategy provides students the opportunity to process their thinking independently before collaborating with peers.  They have ownership of their thoughts and ideas and is likely to increase a student’s confidence and participation because they have been given the chance to activate their thinking and time to construct a response.  Students feel more prepared and self-assured in engaging in meaningful conversation with their peers. Discussions become more in depth and everyone becomes an active participant.

The 5-3-1 strategy begins with a topic or question presented at the start of a lesson and students are asked to find or brainstorm five answers or facts related to that topic or question stated.  Once an independent list is generated, the student determines which three ideas/answers he or she would like to share with another student.  The student and another classmate pair up to share their top three ideas with each other.  After they share their lists with one another, they have a discussion to determine the one most important one (in their mind) to share out to the class. As students share, a whole class list is generated.

I selected the 5-3-1 strategy because I wanted my students to process their thoughts about materials in the room that take up space before engaging in a discussion with another classmate. By giving time to explore independently and generate their own list of items (matter) that take up space, I am encouraging students to think independently and help students feel more confident and willing to participate.  Through the activity on finding anything (matter) that takes up space, paired discussions, and class shares, I want the students to make the connection that anything and everything is some form of matter that surrounds us. By incorporating the 5-3-1 strategy within this lesson, I found my students had a more active role in the start of this lesson and discussions were more meaningful and valuable because they were relevant to the students.

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(Day 1)-Preview Vocabulary-Matter and Its Properties

Unit 2: Structure, Function, and Properties of Matter
Lesson 1 of 19

Objective: SWBAT distinguish among properties that are used to classify matter.

Big Idea: Students will determine which properties of matter are observable and measurable .

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