LESSON CONCEPT PACKET

The purpose of this packet is to provide a set of templates that outline the considerations that you will need to include in your curriculum lessons and other materials that you are developing for your project-based inquiry unit. In addition, these templates serve as models of different types of lessons that you might employ within your curriculum unit. All of the lesson concepts included in this packet use the GPS Lesson Template, which is available on the Moodle site for download, as well as through Google Docs. This template provides a structure that addresses many aspects of a traditional lesson plan that will be informative to any teacher using the plan. The template is provided so that it can give you a structure for conceiving of the various elements of the curriculum unit and lesson that you need to consider for your lessons. The lesson concepts are all based on different “functions” of lessons as they apply to the inquiry cycle that we explored earlier in the year, and that we are using as a framework for the inquiry curriculum units you are going to develop in the coming months. Each lesson concept consists of three sections to help you use these as a guide for developing your own lessons for your curriculum project. The first section provides a generic “structure” to a lesson based on the concept presented. These structures address the pedagogy for the lesson, but are devoid of actual content, and would need to be tailored to address the concepts or tasks specific to the lesson and unit. This is followed by comments and considerations about the lesson concept itself, including why and how it should be used in the lesson and unit. The last section of the lesson contains an actual lesson from an inquiry unit that uses this particular lesson concept, or a narrative describing such a lesson or activity (these are generally from NSTA publications). These sample lessons are only a single example of the lesson concept, and may vary considerably from other lessons using the concept do, based on the content and context of the lesson. Inquiry learning in science, especially within the context of a learning project, is an extended process in which students ask questions, build knowledge and conceptual understanding, and eventually create an investigation to explore a particular concept or idea. Along the way, there are different types of strategies that teachers can use to support the process and examine student understanding along the way. These lesson concepts provide a possible mechanism for you to use to develop and tailor lessons within this model for learning.

LESSON CONCEPT PACKET
As mentioned earlier, the lesson concepts in this packet address different aspects of the inquiry cycle in science instruction and learning. These lessons are aligned to the steps of the cycle, and can be used during a learning set that addresses the portion of the inquiry cycle that you are focusing on for your lesson. The following lesson concepts are included in this packet: Introductory Lessons: • The ____ Walk • Introducing the Driving Question / Developing Subquestions Formative Assessment Lessons/ Activities: (note - these are usually two or more step lessons that are started in the “build the foundation” phase of the inquiry cycle). • The POE Demonstration • The KWL Lesson Activity • The Concept Map • The Drawing/Explanation Activity Investigation Lessons: • Creating / Analyzing a Physical Model • Creating a Conceptual Model • Internet Investigation • Designing the Investigation Procedure Analyzing Data Activities: • Revisiting the Concept Map • Scientific Explanations Sharing Results and Summarizing Understandings Lessons/Activities: • Student Presentations of Investigations (see Presentation Packet options) • The Jigsaw Activity Note that some of the major types of lessons are covered in separate packets (i.e. Presentation Packet, Investigation Packet), and are more content or context specific.

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