Reflection: Student Grouping Layers of the Earth - Section 4: Explore


Why the One/Two Strategy for Grouping

This strategy for grouping allows me to assign regular education students as ones and ESE students as twos.  Because I am just randomly walking around the room pointing and calling out a number, students have no idea how I selected the ones and twos.  My classes are exactly half and half so it works out well for my group.  If you do not have a class split with half ESE or ELL, you could strategically assign struggling students as twos and all others as ones. 

Students like selecting their partners and usually work well with someone they have chosen.  However, for some activities I do not want two ESE students working together.  For this activity students are having to research and read a lot of information as well as summarize what they have read to record only important facts.  Having a regular education student with an ESE student allows there to be support in each group to assist with the reading and writing.

Using this strategy for grouping, allows students to select who they want to be with, while also ensuring that two ESE students do not end up together.  Best of both worlds!  

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Layers of the Earth

Unit 7: Earth's Systems
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: SWBAT create a model of the layers of the Earth and describe each layer.

Big Idea: Students work with a partner to research properties of the layers of the Earth, then create a foldable modeling the layers with facts about each on it.

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