Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Biome Challenge

Biome Challenge Breakdown
Goal:  To teach the rest of the class about your selected biome and assess their understanding.

Lesson plans due May 28th.

Products: A lesson plan detailing what you will teach and how you will assess student knowledge.

  1. Determine the top 3 biomes you would like to research with your group:  Savannah, desert, tundra, rainforest, grasslands, or deciduous forests.
  2. Within group, research the various parts of your biome, such as: people, climate, plants, animals, locations.  You decide what the most important parts are.
  3. Use sources from the library as well as from our LiveBinder to research.
  4. You can team teach or you can do it by yourself.  Each lesson has to have its own lesson plan.
  5. Work on extension project for teaching, ideas are: PPT, Prezi, Animoto, Posters, diorama, terrariums, movies.  You are the teacher, how would you like to be taught about a biome?  Make it interesting.
  6. Work on how you will assess the students learning.  How will you know you did a good job teaching them about your biome?  Ideas for assessment include: question sheet, asking questions, have students write what they learned,  have students draw/diagram their learning, have them write a song, create a concept map, do a compare/contrast, check their pre-knowledge and then their post-knowledge, true or false, word search, definition match, crossword, write a blog post that talks about your learning, solve a problem, student choice
  7. You need to know your facts as the teacher, figure out who will do what etc.

Day of presentation:
  1. Students will be asked to do a mini-reflection on how the lesson went:  Was it interesting?  How was the speed/pace?  Could you hear/see?  Did you learn something?  Suggestions?
  2. Group presents and then meets as a group to start their group and individual reflection.  Questions to reflect upon include:  
    1. What went well?
    2. How successful was it with the audience?
    3. What didn’t go as planned?
    4. What did not work?
    5. Did the tools created help support the learning?
    6. Was your lesson hands on?
    7. If not?
    8. What would you do differently?
  3. Once group has reflected, they meet with me to discuss how it went, how they would improve etc.  We also use this time to digest student evaluations.


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