Reflection: Continuous Assessment Plant Kingdom...Classifying Vascular and Nonvascular Plants - Section 5: Elaborate/Evaluate


Using Diagrams to Show What We Have Learned

Incorporating the use of diagrams is an effective way for students to show what they understand. They can be used to illustrate relationships within a concept, help clarify information, and encourage conversation between students. Students take abstract ideas and represent them in a diagram to help them interpret and analyze the information, and enhance their understanding of the material they are learning. They can visually comprehend information because they can see patterns, relationships, structures, etc. It is a great way of differentiating instruction to adhere to various learning styles and skills.  I find them most useful in science as they help breakdown content and provide clarity for the student and support them in discussions with peers.  They are very effective with English language learners as they support their literacy, comprehension, and reasoning skills.

In this lesson, Plant Kingdom...Classifying Vascular and Nonvascular Plants, I ask students to show the similarities and differences between vascular and nonvascular plants by creating a diagram.  I give them variety choices in the type of diagrams that they could use because I wanted them to recognize that there are multiple ways of illustrating relationships and displaying information.  It is important for them to see that content, concepts, and information can be represented visually in different ways. I thought most students would select the Venn diagram as that is most familiar to them; however, I found they opted for the other choices.  When I collected their notebooks, I found a variety of diagrams were used. I realized giving them a choice was a motivational and effective way of having them engaged in the task.

comparing vascular and nonvascular plants 

comparing vascular and nonvascular plants

  Continuous Assessment: Using Diagrams to Show What We Have Learned
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Plant Kingdom...Classifying Vascular and Nonvascular Plants

Unit 3: Ecosystems and Interactions
Lesson 5 of 19

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between vascular and nonvascular plants.

Big Idea: Students construct a diagram that illustrates the similarities and differences between vascular and nonvascular plants.

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Science, Claims and Evidence, plant, Ecosystems, interaction
  70 minutes
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