Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge We're Going on a Paper Hunt! - Section 3: Elicit


Science supports rigor in the classroom if used well. My classroom is made up of a variety of ability levels, language levels and life experience levels. Showing kids how to make connections and to draw a conclusions is a valuable tool that can be used in any subject area. 

In this lesson, they are prompted to use the information from the chart to draw conclusions about the uses of different types of paper and wood. I do this by pointing out the properties of the papers and wood based on whether they could be written on, are absorbent or tear/break resistant. 

This teaching strategy is very effective, even for five year olds. It's surprising how well they can learn to synthesize information and draw conclusions. It takes a little time before the kids start to see patterns in things on their with little to no support, but does happen. Prompt them often in every subject area and watch their thinking blossom!

  Synthesizing information
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Synthesizing information
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We're Going on a Paper Hunt!

Unit 12: Performing with paper
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT identify different types of paper by locating objects made from paper around the room.

Big Idea: Kids will learn that paper comes in different forms, thickness and uses.

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Science, Science Skills, science journals, Paper, weaving
  45 minutes
how we use paper poster
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