Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Soak it Up! It's All in the Paper! - Section 3: Evaluate


My class is made up of a large variety of learning levels and styles. I have a couple of ELL students, two with severe speech issues, two with developmental delays and a couple who receive special education support. Included with those students are two gifted kids and some very high achievers. It is a wonderful mix of learning diversity!

Teaching kids to use data does not need to be painful. In this lesson, my students use information gained through research and observations to draw conclusions to solve a problem. They learned this in small steps from the beginning of the year. Start with very simple problems and data to form solutions and gradually adding more information and options. I start this process with only two options based on one piece of information each. As the year progresses and I have more opportunities to demonstrate how to analyze data and draw conclusions based on information. 

Using this strategy gives the kids a great boost for success in their academic career. By the time they are in fourth grade, they are expected to interpret data and draw conclusions to pass state achievement tests. Learning to state and defend must start early on for kids to be able to do it with skill and confidence. My students love the challenge and have proven that young children can be taught to think their way to conclusions based on evidence.

  Getting kids to use data
  Grappling with Complexity: Getting kids to use data
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Soak it Up! It's All in the Paper!

Unit 12: Performing with paper
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT explain why different types of paper are use for different tasks by testing water absorption.

Big Idea: The kids get a chance to see how different paper types react to water so they can decide what paper is best to do different jobs.

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