Students will complete guided notes while learning about the earth's seasons.
The reason why we have seasons is one of the toughest concepts for students to grasp. It is far easier to believe the misconception that we have seasons because we are closer to the sun in the summer and further away in the winter. This is actually false, we are further away in the summer and closer in the winter. Also, this does not explain why we have winter when the southern hemisphere has summer. Helping students to overcome this misconception can be quite difficult.
The purpose of the guided notes is two fold. First, it is a way of teaching students to take notes. Second, it is a tool to help students review for a test. Guided notes can be used in the classroom with each unit of study. They can be stored until the end of the year when they are pulled out and used as a means to review for the end-of-level test. Guided notes are teacher-prepared handouts that follow what you are going to teach. They are easy to make, you simply write down the things that you feel are most important for students to know and are identified in the Core Curriculum. After you have done this, you decide key words that you want students to focus on. These words are deleted and a blank space is put in their place. The student fills in these blanks as the teacher goes over the notes.
2. Manifest Scientific Attitudes and Interests
3. Understand Science Concepts and Principles
Invitation to Learn
Guided notes rarely take the whole period, so this is a great time to review the vocabulary that is at the end of each section of the Core Curriculum. Flashcards, while old fashioned, are still a good way to introduce, learn, and use science language. The cards can be laminated and placed on a ring for easy storage. Introduce each word by reading it and the definition, then have students repeat them with you. Review five to eight words a day. Students have one minute to go through the cards as quickly as they can. As soon as they think they can pass off all the words in under one minute, they come to you and try. Show them the definition side; they have to read the definition and say the word for all the words in the set in under one minute. If they are able to do that, they are able to pass off other students, helping them to continue reviewing the words.