Engage:
These activities capture the students’ attention, stimulate their thinking and help them access prior knowledge.
essential question
google images
slide show (in PowerPoint)
give student scenario
sound bite, audio clip
virtual field trip or other real world connection
voice use -
singing, song use
students introduce a topic
 
movie clip
experiment – science
manipulatives
graphic organizer – KWL
journaling
read alouds
dress as character
demonstrations
guest speakers
 
Explore:
Students are given time to think, plan, investigate and organize collected information.
interviews with students/adults/professionals
partner share
groupwork
turn and talk
finding and using available resources
essential/subsidiary questions
manipulatives (rocks, magnifying glasses)
experiments
print materials, Internet
 
organizing information
graphic organizers
KWL
webs
cooperative roles
actual investigations and retesting
investigations
self guiding, self selections
 
Explain:
Students are now involved in an analysis of their exploration. Their understanding is clarified and modified because of reflective activities.
Backing up findings and finding actual support through Internet or other research
citing resources for future use
modeling
home/expert group knowledge
analyzing information, data, explorations
explain results
 
evaluating investigation – what needs to be re-researched
determine if research is pertinent
Teacher feedback through journal, discussion, writing, conferencing
graphic organizers for compare/contrast
partner sharing
 
Elaborate:
This section gives students the opportunity to expand and solidify their understanding of the concept and/or apply it to a real world situation.
Text to everything
make connections
application through projects
final products
debate, defend your point of view
   
supporting features of research – journaling, etc.
showing what they know
constructing presentation
doing something with found information
justification of choices
 
Evaluate:
Evaluation occurs throughout the lesson, with a scoring guide presented to students from the beginning. Scoring tools developed by teachers (sometimes with student involvement) target what students must know and do. Consistent use of scoring tools improves learning.
Rubric
presentation
standardized tests
oral explanations/discussions
shared expectations
peer evaluations
 
written journals
conferencing
peer evaluations
anecdotal
class/student created rubrics
student preselect their own "goal" score
 


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updated February 22, 2009

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