Reflection: Perseverance Not All Wood is Created Equal - Section 2: Engage


At this time of the year, my students have learned the difference between statements and questions. They've also learned that asking questions is a way to gain new information. The population I work with is used to asking only for what things they want from their parents. They rarely ask questions for curiosity or understanding of how or why things work.

Up until this point, I have been teaching the kids the difference between making statements about observations and asking questions to gain a better understanding of the world around them. I did this by first asking them questions and having them answer with complete sentences. Then I gradually moved to having them ask me questions and me answering in complete sentences. I did this by having them ask me personal questions like how many kids I have, what I did over the weekend, what my favorite color is... We eventually moved to asking questions about how and why things work in the world around them.

It is vital to teach kids the difference between statements and questions and get them to use the questions to gain information from the teacher and other students. It may take the whole year to achieve, but it is well worth the time and effort and it extends into all subject areas.

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Not All Wood is Created Equal

Unit 5: What WOOD you do?
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT explain how types of wood are alike and different by comparing a variety of wood blocks.

Big Idea: Kids learn that not all wood is the same and that different wood had different uses.

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