воскресенье, 29 мая 2016 г.

Structuring a 30 Minute Science Block

Structuring a 30 Minute Science Block
Structuring a 30 Minute Science Block

30 Minute Science Block

This is Part 2 in a three part series about structuring your science block. Part 1 discusses a one hour block. Part 3 discusses a 15-20 minute block.


Planning


Here are some basic tips for planning your science block. Your management style, student needs, and a lot of other factors will affect how efficiently your complete your lessons.


Science Block Planning

A 30 Minute Science Block


When I taught 4th grade, I had about 30 minutes 4 days a week to teach science. While this is way shorter than ideal, it’s what I had and we made the most of it. Here are my recommendations.


1. Mini-lessons


I really like this time structure for mini-lessons. Clear procedures for set-up will maximize your instruction time.


8:00-8:05 Set up notebook


8:05-8:25 Mini-lab, notebook lesson, or stations


8:25-8:30 Notebook Reflection


2. Integrate!


Integrate science with reading, writing, technology, and math when possible.


3. Longer Experiments


For labs or experiments that take more than one day, here’s what I recommend.


Day 1- Ask the question. Write hypotheses. Make a plan and identify materials needed. Identify variables.


Day 2- Start right away by completing the lab and collecting data.


Day 3- Make data tables. Analyze data. Draw conclusions. Reflect in notebooks.


4. Switcheroo


If you have the opportunity to “trade” some of your time in a self-contained setting, that’s great. For example, you can do one hour of science on Monday and skip it on Tuesday for the time you “borrowed” from another subject.


5. Morning Work


If you don’t have time at the end of the lesson for students to reflect in their notebooks, give them some time with their science notebooks for morning work!


I hope this post was helpful! Good luck with your planning.


Original article and pictures take http://thesciencepenguin.com/2015/01/structuring-30-minute-science-block.html site


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