Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Patterns of Daylight - Section 2: Warm-up


For years, it has been a best practice for teachers to share the objective with students at the beginning of the lesson and then to reference and reflect at the end of the lesson on whether we achieved the objective.  For first graders, it's important to break down the language of the objective.  Since the language often comes directly from the standards, teachers must explain the verbs and often complex ideas in order for students to gain meaning from reading the objective.

This strategy includes breaking down the objective into phrases or words and dissecting it.  For example, this objective was very long.  First, we figure out what each part means.  Then, after discussing the parts, we reread the objective as a whole.  The objective truly sets the purpose for the entire lesson.  It's the "why" behind what we are doing throughout a lesson.

I chose this strategy in order to support learners and allow them to access the language of the standards.  It also is done to summarize the lesson-- did we achieve the goal we set for ourselves?  Do we need additional time to achieve the objective?  Objectives are truly like road maps in that sense.  Here is where we are going, and the roads we take should lead to our destination.

At the beginning of the year, I find that students have little idea about what an objective is, how it guides our learning, and what the words mean.  Breaking down objectives begins on Day 1, and as it is continued in every subject area throughout the course of the year, students develop deeper understanding.

Here is today's objective, after breakdown.

  Grappling with Complexity: Breaking down an objective
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Patterns of Daylight

Unit 6: Space: Part 2
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT describe patterns of the sun that lead to more sunlight in the summer.

Big Idea: Walking on sunshine! Let's focus on the sun today, including its movement and the effects.

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Science, season, pattern
  40 minutes
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