INVERTEBRATE ANIMALS (Science)

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Hi there everybody!

Today I come with some activities and printables to work on INVERTEBRATES!

As I explain you before, I also teach Science (IN ENGLISH) and sometimes it is really complicated to feel that they are learning…

After 3 years of  teaching this subject, I can tell you that it is a very slow process, that needs a lot of “repetition”. And it doesn’t mean to do the same thing during some classes, but to work the smae content in different ways.

So… That’s why I want to share with you all the activities we are doing to work INVERTEBRATE ANIMALS!

Let’s go!

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MAIN GOAL:

To identify the 6 different groups of invertebrates.

CONTENTS:

  •  General facts of invertebrate animals.
  • Invertebrate groups.
  • Main facts of the invertebrate groups.
  • Examples of each group.

ACTIVITIES

IDENTIFYING INVERTEBRATE ANIMALS

The first activity I did was to identify invertebrates in a group of animals . I show them pictures of animals and I told them to find the animal who was different.

I asked them questions to make them think on the differences.

INVERTEBRATE GENERAL FACTS

You will find many videos about invertebrate animals, but I used this one! And it was really useful for me. It was perfect to introduce them some animals and the invertebrate groups.

INVERTEBRATE GROUPS

To learn the names of the 6 invertebrate groups, I used (TPR). The names are really complicated so.. I decided to invent a short “song” to learn the names. To do it we also created a little choreography to help us remember all the names! The idea is to invent a simple rhythm and gestures to practise the pronunciation.

SONG:

The six groups of invertebrates are…

1 sponges, 2 cnidarians, 3 echinoderms, 4 mollusks, 5 worms, 6 arthropods

FACTS OF EACH GROUP

In order to work on the facts of each group, we observed different pictures and we wrote sentences.

After that we collected all the information in a mindmap!

You can also findo two activities in order to practise all the concepts.

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CLASSIFYING INVERTEBRATES

After collecting all the information in a mindmap, we were ready to classify other invertebrates by observing them!

I created this cards, that can be really useful. There are many ways to use them…

As you can see, there is a little white space where they can write the group name or the animal name by using fel-tips.

I also use little whiteboards to make them work in groups. The idea is to show them a card and they have to write the name of the group of invertebrates they think that animal goes in.

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READING ABOUT INVERTEBRATES

Finally, we read adapted texts about some invertebrate animals.

It is very important to use adapted material when you are doing a CLIL subject. You have to adapt all the contents to your students level.

In the following link, you will find a complete folder with many material about invertebrates! I really hope you find it useful! 🙂

INVERTEBRATES FOLDER

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We also look at invertebrates that we can find at the playground! It was nice to look at them and describe them later.

There are two stories that can be perfect for this unit:

 THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND SHARING A SHELL

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That’s all for this week!

I really hope you find it useful! See you next week teachers!

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5 WAYS to use STORYCUBES in STORYMAPS

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Hi there!

Finally we arrive at the end of STORY MAPS! I really hope you enjoy  the block of posts related to story maps!

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Well, today I come with the final activities and I also share with you the whole folder with all the printables to work STORY MAPS!

After working a lot with books, characters, settings…. we are ready to write and create our own story!

  • To create a story, I though that it would be nice to use STORY CUBES!

5 ACTIVITIES TO USE STORYCUBES

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  1. ROLL AND SPEAK

The first activity I share with you is very simple. The idea is to create short stories by rolling the story cubes! You can use all of them or one by one!

If you look at the picture, they are using a worksheet ( handmade) to help them when speaking!

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3. PROBLEM AND SOLUTION

Another easy way to use the story cubes could be to roll them for creating a problem in the story, and after that a solution to that problem. Sometimes the results haven’t got any sense!

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4. ROLL AND MAKE A SENTENCE 

In order to create the Character traits, we can roll the storycubes and make sentences for each character! Look at the example:

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5. STORY MAP

Then, we can use a story map and complete it with the story cubes!

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6. LET’S WRITE A STORY

Finally, we have everything ready to start writing our story!

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In this folder you will find all the worksheets to start working on storymaps! I really hope you enjoy it!

 

 

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Story Maps (part 4)

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Hello teachers!

How is your week going?

We are finishing our unit related to Stories and Tales… I think next week I will upload the last part…

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But I am really happy with the results! Today I am sharing with you 3 easy activities to work with storymaps! I hope you like them!

 

LET’S DRAW A STORY

In this activity, the idea is to make your students invent a story!

Age: Of course it depends on their level, but I recomend you to do it with children around 7-8 years old.

Material:

  • Piece of paper
  • Colours, pencils…
  • Character/ Objects/ Setting cards
  • Imagination!

How to play:

  • Divide your students into groups of 4-5
  • Give them a piece of paper and 2 or 3 cards of each kind (for example: 3 characters, 2 objects 2 setting cards).
  • Make them think about a general idea of their story.
  • Students have to decide and write the tittle on the top of the paper
  • Each grup must work on it.

In progress…

STORY CUBES

In this activity, students have to create a story by playing with the Story Cubes!

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Material:

  • Story cubes
  • Some vocabulary to help them

How to play:

  • Divide the class into small groups.
  • Give them 1 or 2 dice for each group.
  • Roll the dice
  • Each student has to do a simple story with all the words that appear in cubes.

STORY CHAIN

Age: 11-12 years old.

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  • storycubes
  • cards with characters, setting or objects
  • scaffolding to build a story

How to play:

  • One student or the techer starts the story, and the person next to him/her has to continue it!
  • It works like a chain.

You can also display your students in groups and start the activity with short chains. Later you can try to do a story chain with the whole class!

To print: 

  • Vocabulary to connect ideas! I prepare a worksheet that you can use as a poster for your classroom, or you can give it to your students to help them on creating stories!

STORIES

To buy:

  • Storycubes: there are many kinds of storycubes in amazon! I found them really useful. Not only for storymaps; they are a really good material for speaking or writing activities!
  • What’s Up: Cards with drawings. In my opinion it’s a very useful material you can use in many different activities!

That’s all for this week!

Next,I am coming with the last part of storymaps!

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Story Maps (part 3)

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Hi there teachers!

This week I come with more activities related to storymaps! If you haven’t seen my last two posts, I also recommend you to check them!

Well, today I would like to share with you some ideas to work CHARACTER TRAITS with your students. As always you will found some printables to download for free!

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CHARACTER MEMORY

There are some easy games that are really useful to work vocabulary with kids. One of the favourites is a memory. You can download the pdf here, or you can also create your own or better; you can make your students create their own memory!

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WHO AM I ?

This is one of my students favourite games. The idea is to do some gestures and actions in order to make the rest of the people guess the character that you have. Of course, there are variations.

  • Dress up like…
  • Speak like…
  • Move like…
  • Sound like…

WHAT’S IN MY MIND?

This is one of my favourite games, because it is very simple and funny for students and teachers! The idea is write a character on a post-it or something similar. Paste the little paper on your students face.

By asking questions they have to guess what character are they!

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CLASSIFYING CHARACTERS

After playing a lot with characters, I decided to make something more challenging, something that students have to think and decide with their partners.

As always, there are more ways to do it, and also depending on the level or the age of your students, you can adapt it!

My idea is to make the students work in small groups, in order to classify characters. You can give them some clues or the names of the groups they have to classify the characters, or better… you can give them the freedom to classify the characters as they want.

You will see amazing results !

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If you want to create your own cards, here I share with you the templates! I printed many copies, and this way, I can add characters, settings or adjectives if I want! It is nice to have this kind f material, because it is really useful and it gives you a lot of different possibilities!

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CHARACTER REPORT

Finally, I created these worksheet to summarize everything they have learned about characters. This is a CHARACTER REPORT, where pupils have to complete the information about a character ( real or invented).

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That’s all for this week! I hope you find it useful!

Kisses!

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Story Maps (part 2)

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Hello everyone!

How is your week going?

In my case… I am having a very strange but nice week! Carnival is here, and the school seems to be a little bit CRAZY! I am doing different activities ( NOT ORDINARY LESSONS) which I really appreciate…

Well, today I am coming with the second part of STORY MAPS!

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If you haven’t checked my last POST, I recommend you to do it, in order to understand it better. After knowing a little bit about how to analyze stories with children, we can start deeping on it!

1.STORY BOARD

I recommend you to first create a corner or display in your classroom with some vocabulary or structures. It is important to give your students some scaffolding and examples to check. For example:

  • Characters
  • Settings
  • Main parts of a story

You can use my worksheet  to build your Story display or you can also design your own story board like mine:

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Look at the following examples too!

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2. ANALYZING CHARACTERS

The next activity I want to show you is a very simple but useful activity in my opinion…

The idea is to work on adjectives. Your students have to find ou adjectives that can go with the characters. Try to give them easy and general characters, because it would be easy for them!

With my students, I first gave them a list of adjectives that you can also download for free, and after that, they work in groups:

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VARIATIONS:

  • Who is who with characters: prepare little cards with characters, and use hem to play the who is who game.

 

  • What’s in my head: with the same cards, make your students guess who are they. They have to stick their picture on their head. They would have to ask questions to their partners to guess their character.

 

For these variations, you can download THIS material!

 

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That’s all for this week!

I really hope you like it!

Lots of kisses!

 

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STORY MAPS (part 1)

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Hello teachers!

Today I come with something Ithink you will enjoy a lot! STORYMAPS

As you know I really like to work through stories, that’s why I try to use at least one story each month. In my opinion, stories are a really good way to learn new grammatical structures, to improve listening and speaking skills  a part from widen their vocabulary.

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It is true that before using proper #storymaps, we must do some previous activities, and that’s what I am sharing with you today!

At school we are beginning a new topic related to stories and tales, and I had the idea to share all the activities with you! So, let’s get started!

AT THE LIBRARY

The first activity is very simple, but in my opinion, really important.The idea is to analyze the most important things about stories.

  • Go to your school library
  • Make your students join in groups of 4 or 5
  • Select books that have some characters and a clear topic.
  • Display some books to each grup.
  • Make them analyze their books.

 

To do the activity, you can use the following worksheets. There are two levels!

Worksheet 1: In this worksheet, your students have to write the title and the author of the book, identify the characters and draw the cover of it.

Worksheet 2: In this worksheet, your students will work on the title, the author, the characters, the cover and the topic of the book they choose.

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CHARACTERS

The other activity I recommend you is about characters.

The main idea is to make a list of all the characters we know, or we find in the books.

You can do it in many different ways, depending on your students English level.

  • Create a wordcloud . Here you can see an example.
  • Display a corner in your classroom and make your students writecharacters on it.
  • Make your students create a list of characters.

 

The second part of the activity is to divide the characters in two groups.

Depending on the age of your students you can adapt the activities…

OPTION 1: Give them some pictures of characters they already know. And tell them to classify the characters into 2 groups. ( GOOD and BAD).

OPTION 2: Make your students think about good and bad characters they already know. They can write a list of all the characters they can remember.

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That’s all for today!

Next week more about #storymaps!

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Up and Down

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Hello teachers!

Today I am coming with a new book by Oliver Jeffers!  Yes… I know… I am obssesed with him… But… HE IS AMAZING! His books are so good, and from my point of view so different from the others I know.

Well, this story is like the second part of LOST and Found, and in this case, the penguin wants to do something by himself… Do you know what?

He wants to fly!

I’ve been working on the story, and I designed some activities and ideas to use in class!

 

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BEFORE

If your students already know Lost and Found, it would be so nice to work with Up and Down! You can make them remember the characters, or the author…

For example:

  • Write the title of the story on the board, and make them think on it.
  • Show them the penguin or the boy (pictures), and make them predict what is going to happen.
  • Give them some clues and let your students guess it!

DURING:

As you will see, this book has many details to talk about during the storytelling.

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For example in this picture, you can see that the two characters are doing many different activities, and it let you work on (present continuous, free time activities, can/can’t…)

There is also, the secret message that I found in this story;

Follow your dreams

It is something really important to work with children. So, make them reflect about it:

What do you think? Can the penguin fly? Why? Do you think it is a good idea? It is a good idea to keep trying?

AFTER: 

After the story I though that it would be a good idea to talk about the penguins. Investigate why they can not fly if they are birds. In  my opinion that’s something really interesting, and it can become a PROJECT.

Also, it is nice to work a little bit of Geography, and make them know where the South Pole is. It could be nice to have a World Map in class and make your students think about the South Pole facts.

Here I show you some resources to work on the project:

Some interesting websites to work on the Penguin Project:

I also recommend you Oliver Jeffers World where you will find many activities to print. I have to say that they are so simple, but they can be useful.

Have a nice week!

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Tips to create GOOD activities

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Hello teachers!

How is your week going?

Today I come with some ideas to help you when creating activities !

First of all I would like to say that all my recommendations are based on my experience, and may help you or not…

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In my opinion a good activity always depends on the students, on the teacher, on the atmosphere, on the number of pupils…. Anyway I will recommend you some tips that I found useful when creating an activity.

SHORT

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This is one of the most important tips ( for me) to take into account when creating activities for young students. After some years, I have observed that children get bored easily, and we can avoid this situations if we creat short tasks.

Sometimes, we think that SHORT tasks can be less interesting and challenging than the long ones, but when we are planning them for young students, this is going to be different. I am sure you will agree with the aidea that children have troubles to pay attention and concentrate, that’s why with long-time activities they get bored.

CHALLENGING

Of course they should be challenging!

It means that they should be a little bit difficult for them (input +1). If the activity is too easy, they will do it without enough effort to learn something new.Resultado de imagen de challenging clipart

But take care! Challenging doesn’t mean too difficult. The level of the activity should be difficult enough  for them to follow and don’t get lost.

  • Create and build
  • Search information
  • Match contents
  • Problem solving

SIGNIFICATIVE AND INTERESTING

Imagen relacionadaGood activities should be planned taking into account our student characteristics. It is important to make them part of the activity, and it means to integrate them as the main part of the learning process.

I’ve observed that it is better when they discover something by themselves than when you explain it. In  my opinion nowadays we should be helpers and guides.

In this case, the observation is so important. When you know how your students are, you can create activities that can help them.

How?

  • Ask them questions
  • Match the activities with a topic
  • Try to design activities they can relate easily with their lives.

 

 

CLEAR AND ADAPTABLE

It is so important to present CLEAR activities to our students. When I say CLEAR I mean to be sure about the organization, the material you will need, the space…Resultado de imagen de adapt clipart

I also include ADAPTABLE, because as you know, with children, sometimes the activities you’ve planned at home become so different in class…

SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT

After some years teaching, I have deteced that children really enjoy different activities because they are so excited for a new thing. It is nice to prepare tasks that require different abilities and make your pupils adapt quickly in class.

But… It is also nice to REPEAT activities. Usually they are happy to do something they already know, because they feel confident.

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MYSTERY FOLDER

And this is one of my FAVOURITE ideas to prepare SHORT, CHALLENGING, SIGNIFICATIVE AND INTERESTING, CLEAR AND ADAPTABLE,  SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT!

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As I probably told you, I like to have my students in groups. Each group has a plastic folder, and sometimes, they find something inside. The idea of the mystery folder is to make them work in groups in order to complete a short task.

SHORT: They have around 2/3 min to complete the task.

CHALLENGING: They need to be so concentrated and they have to organize themselves quickly to complete the activity.

SIGNIFICATIVE AND ADAPTABLE: These tasks are related to the contents they are studying of course!

CLEAR AND ADAPTABLE: They are simple to understand  and they can be done easily.

SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT: Some of them are activities that they already know, and others are completely new!

Examples:

  • Memory
  • Wordsearch
  • Classification
  • Writing sentences
  • Lists of words
  • Search the differences
  • Find the mistakes

That’s all for this week!

I hope you find it interesting!

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Science Books

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Hello everyone!

Today I am coming with a book review of a collection that I found so good for Science lessons. They have many different books about many different topics, but I fall in love with the following two…

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I am sure you will know about Usborne books. They have been so famous, and they still have a lot of impact because of their format. They are science books for kids, but with a lot of information.

In my opinion, they have so nice pictures, and the idea of beeing a Flap book  makes students feel so ethusiastics when reading them!

HOW TO USE THEM IN CLASS ?

From my point of view, you can use this kind of books in two different ways, depending on the idea that you have in mind, the number of students, or their English level.

Science  Library 

One simple idea could be to create a Science Library corner in your classroom to display all your Science Books. It can be a good way to make them find information they don’t know, or as a “FAST FINISHER” idea.

For those who don’t know what a fast finisher is; There are many situations in the class where the fast kids finsih their tasks before, and they never have something to do. So, I recommend you to create a little Science Library and use it as a FAST FINISHER activity!

You can also create a WORKSHEET to make them councious of their learning process.

Here I give you an example.

Science Traveling Books

The other idea could be to create a Science Traveling Suitcase, where your students will find a book and some activities to do with it. Depending on the topics you want to work, you can include some a¡other activities related to it.

I always recommend to include different activities , in order to work different skills.

  • Something visual: like a video, a map, a drawing.
  • Something to write: Prepare some worksheets.
  • Something to draw or build: Make them draw or build something.

You can also watch the video about these two books  in my Channel!

That’s all for this week!

Lots of kisses!

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3 COOPERATIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES

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Hello everyone!

How is your week going?

Today I come with some ideas to start collaborative learning projects and arrange tables and chairs in the classroom. Personally, I like to have my students sitting in groups, because I usually do many group tasks. But sometimes, depending on the size of your class, the number of students and the age of them, you need another arrangement.

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WHAT’S COLLABORATIVE LEARNING?

Collaborative learning is a method of teaching and learning in which students team together to explore a significant question or create a meaningful project.

In small groups, students can share strengths and also develop their weaker skills. They develop their interpersonal skills. They learn to deal with conflict. When cooperative groups are guided by clear objectives, students engage in numerous activities that improve their understanding of subjects explored.

  • learners actively participate;
  • teachers become learners at times, and learners sometimes teach;
  • respect is given to every member;
  • projects and questions interest and challenge students;
  • diversity is celebrated, and all contributions are valued;
  • students learn skills for resolving conflicts when they arise;
  • members draw upon their past experience and knowledge;
  • goals are clearly identified and used as a guide;
  • research tools such as Internet access are made available;
  • students are invested in their own learning.

 

LET’S SEE SOME STRATEGIES

Roles

This is the most known strategy, because is the most used… I think.

Well, the idea is to group students into groups of 5. Each students is going to have a role, or a task. In my opinion, it is a good way to make them resposible of something, and try to work different intelligences.

There is a group leader: Makes sure everyone is working hard, getting along in the group, and following classroom and project rules.

  • There is a time keeper: Reminds the group of how much time is left in the projects and that there is no time to play.
  • There is a material manager:  Gets all materials. The only person allowed to leave the groups work area to get materials, returns extra materials, or throw away any trash.
  • There is a scribe: Writes everything down for the group. Records all data.
  • And there is an encourager: Group Cheerleader. Tells the group they can do it even if the group thinks the project is too hard.

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Circle Charts

First of all, divide the class in two groups, and make them form two circles; an inner circle and an outer circle.

After that, the outer circle can ask questions about the topic to the people in the inner circle ( children work in pairs).

When the teacher says, they change their position and people in the inner circle wil go to the outer circle.

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Expert groups

First of all, group the students into 4 expert groups.These groups should be strategically organized in heterogenous groups in regards to student ability.  Each of these groups will have cover a unique topic or have a unique task to accomplish.

 For example, you could divide a reading selection from a social studies or science textbook into 4 equal parts.  The students in these groups are responsible for becoming “Experts” in their topic of study.

After the “Experts” have gathered to learn their assigned topics in-depth, they can then be dispersed into numbered groups, which will contain one “Expert” from each group. During this time, “Experts” will present to the other members of the group.

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I also prepared some stuff in order to start with the collaborative learning, I hope you like it! You will find a PDF with cards for the experts, and another PDF with cards for the roles.

That’s all for this week!

Lots of kisses!

 

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