Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Graphic Organizer for Gaining Student Attention (521--RR#4)

Discrepant Events
Visual Displays
Thought-Provoking Questions
Websites and technology, including video clips (macrophage chasing a bacterial cell; Mythbusters; virtual dissections)
Very good for science and stimulating inquiry-based (modeling inductive reasoning) scientific thought
Powerpoint presentations
“virtual” interview
Very good for science (modeling, deductive) to portray a concept (hint: students love things that explode or light on fire).
See Keating’s book on Discrepant events
Posters (different cell types, cell respiration, photosynthesis, scientific method, etc.)
Guest speakers  (e.g. scientists; wildlife behaviorist, environmentalist; genetic counselor, and nurse practitioner).

Happy vs unhappy balls
Model, diagram, notes on board
K-W-L charts

Hole in bottle
Technology like Document Cam, Smart Board (great for modeling), overheads, or internet
Classroom discussions

Dancing raisins
Videos or video clips
Brainstorming activities

Boiling water with ice
Models & Manipulatives (DNA model, cell model, organic molecules)

Sucking an egg into a bottle using a vacuum
Word Wall
Debate (e.g. over bioethical issues, such as human cloning or stem cell research)

Anticipation guides (to connect text to learning)

Graphic Organizers



·       Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2012). Improving adolescent literacy. (3 ed., pp. 19-36). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Allyn & Bacon.

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