Monday, September 24, 2012
Getting in the groove...
Now that the back to school exhaustion is starting to wear off, I'm ready to commit some more time to sharing some of the super fun things that my kiddos have been working on in 6th grade. We start the year with a science process skills unit, so I've been working my creative gears to make this unit as interactive and engaging as possible. One area that seems to be particularly weak for some students is vocabulary acquisition and application, particularly when taken to the level of analysis. To scaffold the vocabulary for this unit, I created three learning center activities that can be used for practice within the classroom or sent home in a small bag for extra review. They are of varying difficulty, so I grouped my students accordingly and made time to meet with each group to check in. The first one is simple definition matching, the second requires some application and the third involves analyzing an experiment for design flaws. I put them up on a bulletin board so that kids can use them during class as well as during study periods and homeroom!
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