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EDUC 450: Professional Clinical Practice Reflective Lesson Plan Model Name: Jessica McCrea Date: February 5, 2014

PART I: PLANNING The Sky: Day and Night Title of Lesson


Is this lesson original idea? If not, from what source did I borrow this lesson? This lesson was created by the First Grade Team at Sheridan Elementary.

Source Science Subject Area (s) 1st Grade Level

Curriculum Standards

1.1 Scientific Inquiry 1-3.1 Features of day and night


Describe the lessons activities and content to provide a clear overview of the lesson.

Description and Background Information

This lesson serves as a basic introduction to subsequent lessons that will be taught. In this lesson, students will become aware of the differences in the sky at night and the sky during the day. The teacher will get the students attention for the lesson by asking: What is so special about the sky? The teacher will guide the students responses that will lead into a guided discussion about the differences in the sky during the day and at night. Students will use the picture on page 98 to view and write details of the night sky, and students go outside to view the day sky and write details on what they viewed. With this information, the class will come create two charts using chart paper on what they saw in the day sky and the night sky. The chart will be reviewed, then students will create a venn diagram to compare and contrast the day/night sky.

Lesson Objectives

What will students be able to do at the conclusion of this lesson? Make sure that your objective(s) are measurable. Students will be able to summarize classify objects in the sky during the day and night with 80% accuracy. How will I vary these objectives for students who do not understand the material? How will I vary these objectives for students who have already mastered the concept? How will I vary these objectives for students who are presently learning English?

Varying Objectives for Individuals Needs

For students who are presently learning English and do not understand the material, the information will be broken down and illustrated vividly with visuals. Students who have already mastered the concept will be allowed to assist students who are having difficulty. Why is it important for the students to learn this content?

Statement of Purpose

It is important for the students to learn this content because this information will set the foundation for the following lesson that will discuss why the sun is important.

Materials and Resources

What materials and supplies are needed to help your students achieve the stated objectives? What will the teacher need? What will the students need? What other resources are needed? Will you use resource speakers? The students will need pencils, a Science journal and a Science textbook. The teacher will

need a pen, chart paper and a Social Studies TE. What will you do to motivate the students and get their attention? What is the hook that will serve as a focus for the lessons activities? To motivate and get students attention, the teacher will ask: What is so special about the sky?

Anticipatory Set

Part II: IMPLEMENTATION


How will I find out what students already know about this topic? To find out what students already know about this topic, students will respond to the question: What is the difference between the sky during the day and at night? What will I do to show students what is expected?

Pre-assessment

Teacher Modeling or Demonstration

To show what is expected of students, the teacher will do a picture walk on page 98 of the Science book and explain to the students that we will be working together to discuss the different things that we see in the day and night sky. Discussion will be strongly encouraged. What will we do together as they learn how to succeed at the new task? Together, the teacher and students will read aloud and discuss page 98 to describe the objects that can be seen in the sky at night. Students responses will be written on the class chart. The teacher will take students (with their Science journals) outside and direct them to search for objects in the day sky. After transitioning back into the classroom, students will be broken up into AB pairs to share the objects they say in the day sky. Students responses will the recorded on the chart. Students will copy the two charts into their Science journals. What questions will you ask to determine if students understand so far? What techniques or strategies will be used to determine if students understand so far? To determine if students understand so far, the teacher will ask students the following questions: What can be seen in the day sky? What can be seen in the night sky? Techniques that will be used throughout the lesson are using a graphic organizer and questioning. What will students do by themselves to show that they have internalized the knowledge? The student will use their outside observations, the science textbook and the class charts to create a venn diagram using words and/or pictures to compare and contrast the day and night sky. This will be done in students Science journal. How will I conclude the lesson and relate it to future experiences? How will you wrap up the lesson to reinforce concepts taught during the lesson? To conclude and wrap up the lesson, the students will share their venn diagram and reflect on the lesson. What will students do to demonstrate what they have learned?

Guided Practice

Checking for Understanding

Independent Practice

Closure

Assessment (attach to lesson plan)

The student will use their Social Studies journal to answer the question: How is the day sky and the night sky different? What do you think is special about the sky and why? (informal assessment) What can students do at home or in the classroom to apply the knowledge or skills? How could you use your colleagues or community agencies to improve student performance? As an extension activity, students will go home and ask parents to take them outside to view the night sky. Students will write down what they see in the night sky. In class on the next day, students will create a picture chart in class that displays what they saw the night before. To improve student performance, the teacher could plan trip to the planetarium at South Carolina State University to learn more about what objects we see in the sky

Extension Activities

(introduction of solar system). How will you use technology to assist students with learning the concepts? What technology will you use to enhance the delivery and comprehension of your content?

Technology

To assist students with learning the content and enhance delivery and comprehension, the teacher and the class will research more about Ruby the objects viewed in the sky using the internet. How will you connect this lesson with other content areas across the curriculum? The Arts: Students draw pictures within their Day and Night Sky venn diagram of the objects that can be seen in the day and night.

Connection Across the Curriculum PART III: REFLECTION

Health: Students will research how the sun in the day sky helps our food grow.

Physical Education: The students will act out things they do in the day and night.

Describe the strengths of your instructional techniques, strategies and classroom management. Describe the strengths of student engagement.

Strengths

The strengths of my instruction techniques was my ability to relate the lesson to what students already knew, and having them elaborate on their statements. Strengths within my strategies was having good time management throughout the lesson, allowing students to help each other when needed and using questioning as a scaffolding technique. A strength in my classroom management was utilized by the behavior chart that the students are familiar with. All of the students were engaged and eager to participate.

Describe the weaknesses of your instructional techniques, strategies and classroom management. Describe the weaknesses of student engagement.

Weaknesses

A weakness in my instructional techniques and strategies was not having tangible items, such as a ball decorated as a sun or moon, to use as visuals. During this lesson, classroom management and student engagement was not an issue.

Suggestions for Improvement

What would you change when teaching this lesson again?

When teaching this lesson again, I will bring tangible objects that symbolize the sun, stars and moon (all objects that can be seen in the day and night sky).
Revised 6-2013