Reflection: Natural vs. Man Made - An Introduction - Section 1: Opening


I often start my lessons with a constructivist style activity.  During these activities, the students must organize and make sense of the information that is given to them, applying rules and constraints that they come up with on their own.  No one is telling them how to do it.  They have to figure that out on their own.

I will say, when I first started doing this, the term "hot mess" came to mind.  My students were not able to come up with any kind of unifying or guiding rules when sorting items.  They would have a pile that had shiny, red, sharp, pointing, black and squiggly things and another that had round, bumpy, smooth, green, black and hot things.  They just didn't get it.  Ugh.  I was so frustrated.  I wanted to stop doing these sorts.  What was the point?  But then, something started to happen.  As the students were exposed to the activities, they slowly started developing their ability to come up with and apply rules to a situation.  I was so impressed when we did this activity.  I barely got the cards passed out and they already had figured out a way to sort them.  All groups came up with logical, two group sorts and one group even came up with what I was looking for.  Wow!!  I was so proud of them. 

I think this shows me that there is really a learning curve on these types of activities and I just can't walk away because it is tough going in the beginning.  It will come, with practice and modeling, the students will pick up the skills that I want them to and exceed my expectations.  No more hot mess, just amazing kindergarteners, doing amazing things. 

  Little Constructivists!
  Little Constructivists!
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Natural vs. Man Made - An Introduction

Unit 8: Nature and Its Resources
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: Students will distinguish between things that are natural vs. man made by completing a sort.

Big Idea: Students are surrounded by "stuff"! Can they figure out if it came from nature or whether it was made by man?

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Science, Science Skills, ELL, resources, nature
  47 minutes
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