Constructivist Teaching: Then and Now

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Constructivist Teaching: Then and Now

EEI Lesson Plan Template
Lesson 1

VITAL INFORMATION
Author
*Subject(s)Science
Topic or Unit of StudyThe Human Skeleton
*Grade/Level4th-6th
*SummaryTeacher will review the bones of the human skeleton, and their located in the body. Students will create a picture of the human skeleton using a variety of art objects. Students will then describe and understand the different bones with the use of a word bank. STANDARDS AND DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION:

*StandardsNSES TABLE 6- SCIENCE AS INQUIRY STANDARDS

US NSES.5-8.sci.C- CONTENT STANDARD C: LIFE SCIENCES

US NSES.5-8.sci.C.1- STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION IN LIVING SYSTEMS

Differentiated
InstructionESL and Special Education students will receive a handout with the skeletal diagram printed on it. The students will then stick their craft items in the correct places on the diagram. The rest of the students will receive a blank paper to illustrate the skeleton displayed on the whiteboard. All students will receive a list with the names of the bones to help them identify the different bone on their diagrams. Advanced students on the other hand will not be given the list as a reference. These students will use their books to identify their representation. EEI (ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF INSTRUCTION) - LESSON PLAN ELEMENTS REQUIRED: Objective Students will have a clear understand of the structure of the human skeleton. Students will be able to build a model of bones that make up the human body.

Anticipatory Set
The teacher will set up a picture of the human skeleton on the white board and discuss the various bones and their locations with the students. Teacher will ask students “Do you know what this bone is?” or “Where is the _______?” while pointing to the different bones (i.e. skull, femur, tibia, etc.). Teach Lesson / ModelThe teacher will assess the students’ prior knowledge of the human skeleton and its role. The teacher will then hand out blank pieces of paper for them to create their own (ESL and Special Ed. students will have their bones already drawn on the paper) skeletal diagram. Students will have a variety of different resources to choose from such as pipe cleaners, Q- tips, and toothpicks to use to make their skeletal systems. As the students work on their diagrams, the teacher will assist students to use their creative skills in any way they want. Students will glue the different materials on their documents to get an accurate, clear, and artistic picture. Once the students complete the diagrams, the teacher will distribute a word bank to all students except advanced students, and then expect students to identify the different bones of the body. Students will take their diagrams to the front of the classrooms and, talk about the materials they used to build the skeleton. Students will turn in their diagrams at the end of the allotted time. Guided Practice

The Teacher will review and discuss the individual bones and their locations using the drawing displayed on the on the whiteboard. The teacher and students will study the role of the skeletal system, and its benefits to the humans.

Independent Practice
Students will have a variety of different art materials and objects to choose from to complete their own picture of the human body. The students will have the opportunity to be as creative as they would like to be such as using a Q- tip for arm bones, and using cut pieces of toothpicks for finger bones. The students will receive a word list containing the name of the bones (for the exception of advanced students) to identify the different bones on their diagrams. Closure

The students will have the opportunity to present their diagrams to their peers. The students will reflect on the materials used to construct the skeletal system. All students will turn in their assignments at the end of class. The students will use the diagram as a...
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