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Ms. Sneed Prepares Light Lesson Plans
Mr. Frank sat down in front of the computer. “I can see spending one or two weeks on it. Let’s generate ideas for 5-day and 10-day light lesson plans.”
“Okay. You type. I’ll go through the activities.”
5-Day Light Lesson Plans
“If we use the main activities as stations, we could do it in five days,” Ms. Sneed told Mr. Frank.
Day #1 – Pretest
“On the first day, we could administer the pretest. That way, we get a handle on students’ current understanding,” said Mr. Frank.
Day #2 – Stations
Day #3 – Cementing Concepts
Day #4 – Review
Day #5 – Posttest
“Although the actual learning sequence would only be three days, I think we’d be ready to administer a parallel assessment on the fifth day,” said Ms. Sneed.
“Then compare results to the pretest and celebrate kids’ growth!” exclaimed Mr. Frank.
10-Day Light Lesson Plans
“Now let’s type up plans for using the activities as labs instead of stations,” said Ms. Sneed.
“Okay. And after each lab, we can show a video to reinforce the concept,” added her colleague.
Day #1 – Pretest
“Let’s stick with the pretest on the first day. I can even see administering it on the same day that we give the posttest from our current unit.”
“That’s a great idea,” said Mr. Frank. “It would give us another day for the extension activities.”
Day #2 – How Does Light Travel?
“In their first lab, students use mirrors and flashlights to discover that light travels in a straight line. We have enough equipment to do this in science lab groups. We’d be okay.”
Day #3 – Which Materials Are Transparent, Translucent, and Opaque?
“On this day, students use a flashlight and a baggie full of materials, kids determine which are transparent, translucent, and opaque,” said Ms. Sneed.
“I can see the pros and cons to this configuration,” said Mr. Frank. “Doing the activities as labs allows us to focus on one concept each day. However, we’d need a lot more materials. For example, for this lab, we’d need six sets of materials. If we did it as stations, we’d only need one.”
Ms. Sneed looked thoughtful. “True. But we can keep the materials from year to year. Furthermore, we could switch the order and share between classrooms.”
Day #4 – Which Materials Reflect Light?
“On to Day 4. Again, kids shine a flashlight on a variety of everyday materials. They determine which absorb and which reflect light.”
Day #5 – What Is Refraction?
“On the fifth day, kids complete a set of simple activities that demonstrate how light bends.”
Day #6 – What Is Color?
“And on the sixth day, they use a prism, a CD, and bubbles illustrate how white light can be separated into the visible spectrum.”
Day #7 – Light Reading
“After completing the activities, students read about light and its characteristics,” Ms. Sneed said as she paged through the materials.
“Great!” replied Mr. Frank. “We love double duty activities. This one incorporates informational text with science.”
Day #8 – More Exploration
Days #9 & #10 – Review & Assessment
“Finally, we’d review and assess,” said Ms. Sneed.
“Well, what do you think?” asked Mr. Frank.
“Regardless of our decision, I’m glad that we now have these lesson plans to keep us organized.”
Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.