Series: Ecosystems: An NGSS-Designed Unit

Use Posters to Encourage Collaborative Thinking
Lesson Objective: Engage students in learning about a new topic
Grades 6-8 / Science / Collaboration

Thought starters

  1. What type of questions are students asked to answer?
  2. How do students reflect on the responses on the posters?
  3. How could you adapt this strategy for use in your classroom?
2 Comments

 Using a poster before starting a new chapter or concept is a great way to get students involved. Using the posters allows the students to get engaged and see what they know about the topic and what they would like to know. This strategy is a great one to keep in mind for new teachers like myself to gets students involved.

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Student Engagement:

Lessons should be planned with activities that engage all students. Using small posters in any subject area can create a classroom which involves and engages all students. Students that are not engaged, sit passively during lessons and become occasional discipline problems. More importantly, they do not learn the content or skills involved in the lesson if they are not engaged. Watch the video(Use Posters to encourage collaborative thinking) and then discuss how you might use this strategy in your classroom (in the subject area that you teach). 

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Transcripts

  • Use Posters to Encourage Collaborative Thinking Transcript
    Sabrina V.P.: People and animals interacting. That's the beginning of our unit.
    Sabrina

    Use Posters to Encourage Collaborative Thinking Transcript
    Sabrina V.P.: People and animals interacting. That's the beginning of our unit.
    Sabrina V.P.: We're going to start off with making a poster to answer all these questions as a team.
    Sabrina V.P.: After you finish this in 10 minutes, we are all going to tape our posters on the very back of the room and observe our answers to these questions.
    Sabrina V.P.: The person who is going to be recording on the poster today is person number four. I don't need it to look pretty.
    Speaker 2: Okay let's get started.
    Speaker 3: Some of the living things in Central Park are horses, geese, there's [crosstalk 00:00:53].
    Speaker 2: Trees give oxygen.
    Speaker 3: Geese eat bread.
    Speaker 2: These non-living things by-
    Sabrina V.P.: Eleven seconds to get this done.
    Sabrina V.P.: Step a little bit further back, semi-circle. Raise your hands once you noticed some patterns of answers that you see that were similar or things that were interesting. Anya?
    Anya: I noticed a lot of people who put like birds and squirrels live in trees and use trees as homes.
    Sabrina V.P.: Very good, so it's like the habitat.
    Sabrina V.P.: Has Central Park changed over time? Yes, go ahead.
    Speaker 5: It's changed because we added parks and buildings.
    Sabrina V.P.: Anything else Thomas?
    Thomas: I'm adding on to [Saudia 00:01:41], because, so they added man made structures that sort of affected the environment for habitats for different living things.
    Sabrina V.P.: Very good point. Great discussion. We're going to transition into our next part.

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