Reflection: Student Grouping Become a Mountain Expert - Section 1: Becoming An Expert


Random groups or random- groups- look- alike- that is the question.  I did total random groups for this lesson knowing that it was academically challenging and knowing that some groups may be lacking a leader or even someone who understood what to do.  

I went with random groups because I knew I had enough leaders and high achieving kiddos that each group would probably be OK.  If a group did indeed end up with all lower achieving students or LEP students or IEP students, I could shuffle or I could sit with that group and give them the extra support they needed.  

My groups did turn out OK, but if you have a worry that they won't, then find a way to use the cards that "appears" random but really isn't.  Whatever you do, though, don't call out one group or another to choose separately or out of a separate bag because that will only call attention to the "ones that need help" or the "ones that have all the answers".  

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Become a Mountain Expert

Unit 4: Climbing the Mountain: A Path to Understanding Nonfiction
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT to use a text to prepare a presentation to teach their classmates about a specific mountain type.

Big Idea: Becoming an expert on a topic and teaching it to someone else helps to increase understanding for all students.

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