Reflection: Routines and Procedures Hunting for Snow: An Internet Research Project - Section 3: Tying Up Loose Ends


One thing I always do with my students is a time check.  What we noticed in our building is that when it comes to standardized testing, students don't have a concept of the passage of time or of the amount of time required for activities.  We started implementing timed tasks.  Every task I give my students has a time associated with it.  When I give them the time limit, I always say, "Now, when it comes close to the time, I will check back in with you."  

True to my word, I check back in with them as the time nears its end.  I always ask them to show me with their fingers how much time they still need.  Looking around the room, I tend to take an average of the fingers I see combined with how much time I think they really need taking into consideration how long they've already had.  I always encourage those who are "done" to recheck their work for accuracy.

This is a simple way to get students cognizant of the passage of time.  It gives them a feel for a 5 minute span as opposed to a 2 minute span and it has made a difference in the amount of time they take completing a task, in the time it takes for them to get started on their work and in their engagement in tasks as they feel an amount of ownership in the classroom.

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Hunting for Snow: An Internet Research Project

Unit 13: Let It Snow!! Analyzing Snowflake Bentley
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use the Internet to find a place that receives more snow than their city and present the facts they find to the class.

Big Idea: Knowing how to manipulate the Internet and find information efficiently is an important life skill.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Reading, Poetry, research, presentation, Snowflake Bentley
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