Reflection: Intervention and Extension Communicating with Light and Sound: Fire! - Section 4: Closing


Student choice is a great way to increase engagement in the classroom.  It works well when teachers take the time to plan meaningful, purposeful choices.

In this lesson, rather than have all students work on the firefighters article during the closing, I provided multiple options of additional resources that would extend the learning we'd been doing over the last few days.  

I presented all 3 options to students, and then students were able to work in groups and take notes at whichever station most appealed to their interests.  My stations included:

  1. The firefighter group with some additional labeled diagrams of firefighters 
  2. fireflies group article.  This article further explored the vocabulary term "bioluminescent" and also gave students another bioluminescent creature!  Plus, there was a life cycle diagram.
  3. National Geographic magazine about seeing in dark caves (continuing our exploration of 1-PS4-2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.)

I created stations at different locations in the room to allow for students to have conversations with one another.  In this video clip, a student shares his choice.

The additional resources in this lesson are mostly past issues of Scholastic News and Weekly Reader.  Those magazine subscriptions come with one for each student as well as a large read-aloud size.  I laminate the large version and keep them from year to year.  I've amassed quite a collection now and students use them often during our English Language Arts block!  There are digital versions of many of these articles.  My district also has a licence for PebbleGo, which is a an online database with articles about all sorts of animals, including fireflies.  While it takes some time and planning to find age-appropriate texts, the search is worth it when students can't wait to dig in!

  Intervention and Extension: Student Choice
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Communicating with Light and Sound: Fire!

Unit 4: Light and Sound
Lesson 16 of 18

Objective: SWBAT retell key details about how we communicate with light and sound.

Big Idea: Sound the alarm! Fire alarms and fire trucks are perfect examples of communicating with light and sound. Suit up and come along!

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