Reflection: Accountability Days 2-5 What do plants really need - Section 3: Exit


Daily Reflections

Throughout this investigation, I had my students take part in daily reflections based on their observations of each plant’s growth. I did this because I wanted my students to not only become more aware of their own thinking, but more accountable for their learning. I had them think back to their original hypothesis and connect it to their observation to help them develop their understanding of what a plant really needs to grow. Knowing it takes times to move from one belief to another, these daily reflections support the shift.

Using reflections is an effective strategy that helps students build confidence and become comfortable with their own thinking. Noting their learning daily also increases their retention of new ideas and concepts. It helps connect and scaffold ideas to better understand new ones.  Students have a chance deepen their understanding by sharing what they have learned and provides a teacher insight on students’ perception and misconceptions. It’s an effective way help students grapple with complex concepts and multi-day lessons.

  Accountability: Self-Reflections
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Days 2-5 What do plants really need

Unit 3: Ecosystems and Interactions
Lesson 12 of 19

Objective: SWBAT observe and gather data from their investigation on determining what plants need to grow.

Big Idea: Students will observe and collect evidence from each investigation they set-up to support a claim about what materials plants need to grow.

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plants, Science, investigation, Ecosystems, interaction
  60 minutes
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