Reflection: Student Ownership Evergreen Trees - Section 4: Closing


Students are asked to do turn and talks with a partner almost every day in class.  The reason behind this strategy is that it holds students accountable for their own learning.  When the expectation is put in place in a classroom that you will have to talk about what you have learned, students understand the importance of listening and also to ask questions when they are unclear about something.

In my classroom, I expect that every child contribute to the conversations.  During the turn and talks, I encourage the students to help one another when they are having trouble.  I am also available during this time to roam around and help students.  This is a time when ELL students struggle because of the language and I can be there to guide them.  It's great opportunity to get them talking with their peers in conversation but also having to use the vocabulary from the content that we have just learned.

I felt that the turn and talk about Evergreen trees was no different.  I had ELL students struggling with the words.  However, this is a subject that is universal.  All students have seen trees and felt trees so there was some common ground for all.


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  Student Ownership: Turn and Talk
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Evergreen Trees

Unit 4: Trees
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Students will by able to explain the differences between evergreen and deciduous trees by comparing and contrasting the two types of trees using branches off of both types.

Big Idea: Students learn that all trees are not the same and some lose leaves and some do not.

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Science, Science Skills, compare and contrast, inquiry, science notebook, evergreen, pinecones, tree
  65 minutes
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