Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Climate Change: It's All Around Us (Day 3 of 3) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Guided Discussion and Follow Up


For the past year, I have asked students to share with me a unit reflection paper with the general prompt "I used to think…and now I think."  For many units, I include more specific suggestion prompts and I always tell students that I am interested in reading about whatever they want to write about that was meaningful and impactful for them in our studies together.  

For our climate change unit, students overwhelming choose to comment upon this jigsaw activity.  The variety of subject areas, the novelty and curiosity of things like glaciology, the interesting connections between each topic area, and the reality that climate change impacts their daily lives in ways that they can see and change are all things that students talk about as highlights for the entire unit.  

What I am finding is that no matter what the topic, if I can make it relevant to their lives, students are willing and inspired to dig deep into challenging texts such as these articles.  I have made a commitment to myself and my students to make this relevancy piece an intentional part of my unit planning.  I am also committed to having this chance to connect with each individual student about their own learning and experiences.  It has been a wonderful way to enhance our classroom culture by checking back in with students about comments they made about our topics, their learning experiences, and suggestions for improvement.  I feel as if the reflection paper has helped to shift our classroom leadership roles in ways that allow both students and staff alike to be partners in learning.  

I look forward to hearing ways that you engage students in both our science content and the classroom learning environment! :) 


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Climate Change: It's All Around Us (Day 3 of 3)

Unit 3: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Lesson 5 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to connect multiple ecological impacts of climate change through a jigsaw reading and discussion activity using current, popular resources.

Big Idea: How does climate change impact wildfires, the oceans, and glaciers? How do our national policies to fight climate change stack up against those of other nations? Students will find out through an engaging JigSaw Activity in this lesson!

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Science, Climate Change, acid rain, Ecology, ocean, Chemistry, Carbon, carbon cycle, Life Science/Biology, discussion norms/protocols, fossils, water, pH
  50 minutes
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