Reflection: Real World Applications You Told it, Now Fold it! - Section 3: Elicit/Explain


Young children need to be taught how to use information to make decisions. I started out showing my kids how to do that with simple tasks that involve only two options, e.g. Which should food should we feed our hamster, carrot or candy bar, and why? From there, I would pose more difficult decisions based on information gained from research, observations and prior knowledge.

By the time this lesson is taught, my kids have progressed greatly since the beginning of the year and are able to use several samples and and pieces of information to draw conclusions and solve a problem. Here they are asked to examine the properties of a variety of paper and conclude which type of paper would be best to make a basic letter envelope. 

Since the motivation was to mail a letter to their parents and they had prior experience with learning about the properties of paper in a previous lesson, it was possible for my students to accurately use the data from the chart to form a conclusion based on evidence on which type of paper to use for the envelope. Demonstrating and then expecting kids to use data to form conclusions early on in their educational career is a must for their success.

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  Real World Applications: Using the data
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You Told it, Now Fold it!

Unit 12: Performing with paper
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT estimate how many times they can fold different types of paper by using the properties they've learned about each type of paper.

Big Idea: Kids estimate and confirm how many times they fold different types of paper by using what they know about each type of paper and recording their estimates and the actual count on a recording sheet.

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Science, Science Skills, questioning strategy, Paper, weaving
  40 minutes
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