Reflection: Student Ownership Day Two of Plaid Pete's Star Lab - Section 5: Reflection & Closure


When I ask students to comment on the most surprising thing they learned today - I usually get a few surprises as well.  For example, I would have never known the student who wrote about using the sentence stems didn't really understand how to use them correctly.  This isn't a student who is an English Language Learner or who is below grade level.  You can bet if this student didn't know how to use them, then there are a whole line of other kids who don't understand how to use them as well.

This is one of those formative assessment pieces that I wish I remembered to use more frequently. Not only does it give me some great information, but I do believe it assists my students in taking ownership of their own learning.  It tells them that they have to be accountable for learning something in a lesson.  My job is to teach them, but they have to take an active part as a learner.  This kind of a formative assessment helps to build our classroom as a community where everyone learns.

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Day Two of Plaid Pete's Star Lab

Unit 5: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Lesson 9 of 13

Objective: SWBAT support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

Big Idea: How is the brightness of a star measured? Students sort data to discover patterns between magnitude and distance of various stars from Earth, and use Data Analysis Cards to interpret and communicate their data.

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Science, Earth and Space Science, universe, stars, Science Vocabulary, Moon
  65 minutes
2015 05 14 13 34 48
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