Single Class Class 15 40 minutes
This week I have been inspired on twitter by following #poundlandpedagogy, created by Isabella Wallace. I buy many of my teaching and learning resources in a poundland shop in Ireland called Mr Price, Terryland, Galway.
This week I was introducing food and biomolecules to the First Year students. Firstly, I wanted to investigate the prior knowledge of the students so that we can link new knowledege to their prior knowledge.
Task 1: 'Paper Scientists'
I gave each pupil a Paper Person Template. I put the students in mixed ability groups of 4. I gave each group a task card with four biologists biographies and a photograph of the biologist. I asked each student to imagine they are that biologist (this incorporates the Nature of Science and learning about scientists), name their Paper Person and record all that they know about food on their paper person. We stuck all the people on our 'What I Know Now' board and we will review their person as we gain knowledge on the topic.
Task 2 : High 5!
I asked students to place their hand on their scrapbook and to draw an outline of it.
I gave each group of 4 students a task card, with information on carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and water. I asked them to choose the keywords from the task cards and to write them on their AO whiteboards. I asked the students to review and edit their choices. I allowed them to nominate a 'roamer' who could walk around the room to look at the keywords that other groups had chosen. The roamer could report back to his group. The students worked together to place a biomolecule outside the thumb and four fingers. I asked the students to fill each relevant digit with key words from that biomolecule.
Task 3: Design an experiment to test for food types
1. I placed students in groups of 4 and I asked them to design and experiment to test a food for the presence of starch.
2. I created and laminated a stack of information cards on how to test for starch and I placed them faced down in a pile in front of each group.
3. The members of the group were numbered 1-4. Number 1 stated an idea and wrote it on the board, this continued through members 2-4.
4. When all group members have contributed, the group discuss ideas about how to conduct the experiment. The stopwatch is on the overhead projector.
5. If they have not agreed on a procedure by the time it reaches 6 minutes, they can turn over the first card.
6. They must discuss for 1 minute before they turn over the next card.
7. This continues until either a procedure is agreed on or all the cards are turned over.
8. The group can then rearrange the cards to help them build a procedure for the experiment.
9. The group works together to draw a labelled diagram of apparatus to match their planned experiment.
Task 4: Paper Scientists review
Students review and edit 'what they know now'.
Task 5: Monthly review of the 'Washing Line'
At the start of September the students ranked the elements of the key skills from most important to least important to them. They reviewed their choice and used pegs to move their cards with their initials.
Homework: Add information from the internet and add images to your 'High 5' hand.