Reflection: Debate Exploring Natural Resources and Products - Section 1: Opening


To begin this lesson, the students were given a set of cards.  They needed to work as a group to match the cards to a partner.  They then needed to support their match with evidence.  I wanted them to "argue" why.

I am a fan of constructivist type activities where students need to figure out a "rule" and organize a group of items based on this rule.  It is a great way to launch the lesson because it develops interest and enthusiasm from the students, but more importantly, it helps the students develop important debate and discourse skills.

Students need to learn how to give compelling arguments to explain their reasoning.  Even kindergartners are capable of supporting their decisions with arguments.  This type of debate helps the students "think like scientists".  It doe take some time and effort (and patience) on the teachers part.  There needs to be modeling, think-alouds and sentence stems, but eventually the students pick up on how to do this.  I was really impressed with my students as I listened to them present their reasoning and arguments.

I will continue to engage my students in these type of activities and further explore how I can scaffold and support my students as they develop their critical thinking skills.

  Arguments and Support
  Debate: Arguments and Support
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Exploring Natural Resources and Products

Unit 8: Nature and Its Resources
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: Students will be able to identify natural resources and products by completing a sort.

Big Idea: Natural resources and products are important concepts in both science and social studies. Students will have the opportunity to better understand these concepts in this interactive lesson.

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Science, Social Studies, Science Skills, ELL, resources, nature
  45 minutes
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