Science 9 – Today was one of those really productive and useful lessons, almost insidious in fact. Instead of doing an individual KWL sheet, I put students into random groups and had them whiteboard their work. It was a significant improvement over any other KWL activity I have done. Not only were students able to summarize a fair bit of detail of previous knowledge, the real winner was in the great questions they wondered about and asked about.
I started off this unit with one primary Essential Question: “Why are both meiosis and mitosis required?” A more thorough inquiry is based on the idea of finding out what meiosis and mitosis are, and what roles organelles, DNA, genes and proteins play. I’m don’t think I’ve been transparent enough with them about these underlying questions (and they don’t ask), but next day I’ll try to get them to tie these ideas together.
Some of the questions the KWL generated include:
- What are all the organelles?
- What do genes do?
- Why am I different from my parents?
There were many others but I forgot to take pictures of the whiteboard!