Reflection: Student Grouping Erosion Webquest - Section 2: Question for the Day


Over the course of the year, I have used the Smartboard 'random sorter' or have allowed students to make their teams. For this lesson the groups were made in advance with student input and my adjustments based on the learner.

Students will be working with this same group of students for the next 4 science lessons, so it was important for me that individuals felt comfortable with their team, and the team mix would be conducive to staying on task.

I wanted the kiddos to have some say as to who they would be working with and I wanted to set up all boy or girl groups. I had noticed most of the girls would not take the initiative when working in mixed gender groups, but when they worked in their own group, they were more vocal.

A few of days before this lesson I explained to the students what science would look like for the next couple of weeks, and the importance to me that they were working with a group of students that they would like to work with, but who they could still stay on task.

I gave each student an index card. They wrote their name on the top line and 2 students thtey would like to work with on the next line. I told them that they would be at least be with one of the classmates they wrote.

To help me figure out who chose who, I set up a spreadsheet with student names going across and down the far left column. Using the names in the left column as the reference, I placed an x in the students boxes that the student requested. Then I could see everyone's choices at once.

When I posted the student groups, everyone seemed happy with their team. I was impressed with how well the teams worked together over the next couple of weeks, there was a give and take in the group and work was purposeful.

  Student Grouping: Making Teams
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Erosion Webquest

Unit 4: Unit 4 - Surface Water and Landform Interactions
Lesson 13 of 18

Objective: SWBAT identify causes of erosion and research possible erosion solutions

Big Idea: Scientists build background knowledge for erosion solutions to prepare them for developing their own erosion solution models.

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Science, erosion, landforms, water cycle, water
  90 minutes
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