Focus/Revise your Lesson Plan

You have already designed a lesson plan that addresses a science topic of your choice for a grade level of your choice. 

Now, we want to zoom in a bit to clarify some parts of this plan. So, you are doing to do the following:

1. Identify the core concepts. Take some time and review the plan you submitted. Then, work to identify what is essential in this lesson idea. We talked today in class about density being essential to Michael's idea for a bouyancy activity was really about density. 

2. Design some possible experiences. Now that you have identified what is at the core of what you want to teach, design one or two (or more if you like) possible experiences for students to let them directly interact with the core concepts. For example, if I wanted to teach about digestion, I could show them food in a plastic bag. Then, as they were observing, I could begin to open and close my hand, essentially breaking the food apart. We could then talk about what they observed and what they thought was happening in digestion.

For items 1 and 2, you need to come prepared to share with us about your work. There is no need to write anything up or post it.

3. (Extra credit). Complete the first two tasks AND be ready to demonstrate your work for us in class on Monday, November 12th.

4. Orchestrate a Set of Activities. Now that you have come up with the topic for your lesson sequence AND identified the core concept/deep understanding that is central to the sequence AND created an experience to bring students into this core concept, it is time to consider orchestrating a sequence of activities over the course of the lesson sequence. What are you going to do? And how will you orchestrate these activities to continue to deepen student understanding and engagement? Give this some thoughts, make some notes, and prepare to present them in class on Monday, November 19th.