Reflection: Accountability Geologic Time - Evidence for Evolution - Section 3: Explain


Summarizing is a good way to keep track of essential information while condensing lengthier passages. It is a strategy that needs instruction. Students need support in developing their skills in crafting summaries, particularly ELL students. 

Pairing a fluent English speaking student with an EL student, guided summary notes, graphic organizers, prereading activities to build understanding of the vocabulary and content (including the use of realia, videos, and simulations) and lots and lots of modeling using text, think alouds, and interactions with students. 

Summaries ...

  • State what the paragraph is about.

  • Describe what the author is doing.

  • Account for key terms and/or ideas. 

Guided notes are teacher prepared "outlines" of what is being learned, with blanks for students to fill in key information. This strategy is easily adjusted by how much is blank and left for students to fill in, and also could include the use of a word bank and visuals (which are a very powerful tool for ELL students). When using guided note taking it is important to circulate around these students to check and insure they are in fact capturing key information.

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Geologic Time - Evidence for Evolution

Unit 7: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Lesson 10 of 15

Objective: SWBAT analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth

Big Idea: Students explore how the geologic time scale is evidence for evolution.

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