Environmental Plan Reflection
For our lesson plan we chose our objective to be, ‘During centers time students will use a variety of tools that are appropriate to conduct a scientific investigation.’ In order to achieve this objective we set up a leaf table with plastic insects inside so the students could use the tools to take the insects out.
Before the activity I expected to ask the students what tool they think they should use because of the variety of options at the table they could choose from. I knew that the students would eventually need help learning how to use these instruments. However, rather than just telling or showing them beforehand, I asked them questions to help them figure it out on their own. These questions asked them to explore the possibilities of each tool. For example I allowed the students to use a specific tool then asked them what would happen if they flipped the tool in a different direction. Another question I assumed would become frequent was what kind of bug was on the leaf table? Was it an ant or a spider? This is important because we planned the lesson to bring back this prior knowledge based on how many legs each insect had. Going into this activity I knew that I would be helping students count how many legs on the bugs to specify each type. Just like every other lesson that I have planned and taught I expected students to be at different stages of development being what they know how to do and can perform well.
When working with the children most of the lesson went as planned. Some things that I expected to happen were a result of the range of different levels the students were in. There is a great developmental difference between three and five year olds. It was cool to watch some students search for the bugs and pick them right up while others had fine motor skills that were not at that level and had to practice placing the bug in their tongs. Another thing that went as expected was the questions...