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What We Get From The Farm
Transcript of What We Get From The Farm
Instructional Strategies and Educational Innovations
Cooperative learning: Day 2 learning activity: Children are broken out into group and grocery store flyers. The student cut out pictures plants and animals and put them into groups. Then the students create a poster by gluing the pictures to a paper. This activities will assist the students in making sense of what they have learned and reinforcing the information. They will also learn together and from the other children.
Direct Instruction. Throughout the lesson plan, the teacher is highly directive and instructional with the students. From the beginning of the lesson, when the teacher asks them what they know about agriculture - through to describing what a Pennsylvania farm is and showing them pictures or crops and farm animals, the teacher is being directive in their instruction.
What Ellis Says
This lesson could be enhanced by utilizing Principles of Best Learning Practice. Best Practice Learning is creating high expectations, maximizes student time on task, prompts student feedback, active learning, cooperation, student instructor contact, respect and encourages multiple ways of learning.
Specifically, we can focus on the Student Centered Principle, by allowing the children to lead a discussion as to what they would find and/or do on a farm, and determine the areas they are most interested in. Doing this early on will allow the teacher to modify the lesson plan and appeal the child's area of interest. (Ellis, 49)
Technology Integration could also be implemented by allowing the children to record their performances while singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Further, the teacher could show supplemental videos displaying farm life.
Alternative Assessments and Self-esteem: These techniques can be incorporated into the lesson by having the children act out the animals and their characteristics. Dance/act/draw out the life cycle of a plant. Performing or creating will improve the students self esteem and allow them to work cooperatively. (Ellis, 136, 70)
Cooperative learning: Working together toward a common goal. This lesson uses Johnson and Johnson's Learning Together Model (Ellis, 174)
Direct instruction: Highly organized and structured, teacher directed, task oriented approach to instruction. This lesson largely utilizes direct instruction techniques. (Ellis, 118)
Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Gardner believed that intelligence was composed of multiple factors. Musical intelligence consists of sensitivities to rhythm, pitch, and timbre. The lesson utilizes the musical intelligence in this case. (Ellis, 94)
Instructional Strategies and Educational Innovations (cont.)
Theories of Multiple intelligences- This lesson utilizes Theories of Multiple Intelligences on Day 1 activity. The teacher has the children make animal sounds and sing Old McDonald Had a Farm. The students then talk about and list the farm animals. This utilizes Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Specifically, musical intelligence.