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Lesson Plan for Science Expo 2008 by Ceanlia Vermeulen

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  1. 1. Sherlock in the 21 st Century <ul><li>Ceanlia Vermeulen </li></ul><ul><li>Hillcrest Primary School </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 7 (ex-Remedial Class) </li></ul><ul><li>LA:- Natural Science </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Science Expo </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration, Communication, Curriculum </li></ul>
  2. 2. Holmes in the classroom is an effective way to introduce learners to observation and logic . I believe that Holmes is a relevant character in school because he never theorizes without facts . Instead, he bases his findings on what he already knows . The connection between observation and deduction has applications across the curriculum. Skills that can be introduced by using Holmes, are scanning information, select ing what is relevant and discard ing what is less so, before combining findings with prior knowledge . I believe that only then can learners form a valid opinion.
  3. 3. <ul><li>Outcomes : Learning Area Natural Science </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Outcome: 1 Scientific Investigation AS 1,2,3 </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Outcome : 2 Constructing Science Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>AS 1,2,3 </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Outcome : 3 Science, Society & the Environment </li></ul><ul><li>AS 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives : Prepare for participation in Annual Science Expo </li></ul><ul><li>How Achieved : All learners actively prepared and successfully participated in the Annual Science Expo </li></ul>Learning Outcomes & Objectives Supporting Documents Work Schedule
  4. 4. <ul><li>Select a Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate </li></ul><ul><li>Draw conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of Findings (journal, oral, display) </li></ul>Learning Tasks & Activities Supporting Documents Learning Tasks Assessment Rubric
  5. 5. <ul><li>Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Self discovery </li></ul><ul><li>1 st hand experience </li></ul><ul><li>Impart knowledge gained i.e. 6 thinking levels (Blooms taxonomy) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing, understanding, applying, analysing, creating, evaluating </li></ul>Teaching & Learning Strategies Supporting Documents Multiple Intelligences & Bloom’s Taxonomy
  6. 6. <ul><li>Instil purpose through use of computer software </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborated parents and siblings, co-operation with community figures whilst researching and recording </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence and communication enhanced </li></ul>Relevance of ICT Tools Supporting Documents Vocabulary Builder Software
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Reading, vocabulary, spelling and focus improved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners had opportunity to research independently and collaboratively gaining an important life skill – team work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self confidence improved when each learner presented THEIR discovery. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills (presentation of project) refined because of newly gained knowledge, skills, values and attitude. </li></ul></ul>Innovative use of ICT Tools Supporting Documents STEP BY STEP TO THE SCIENCE FAIR
  8. 8. <ul><li>The motivational state of the learners altered to be more receptive </li></ul><ul><li>Learners readily collaborate and communicate beyond formal school times </li></ul><ul><li>Learners display a pride in their achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Self-confidence is boosted </li></ul><ul><li>Learners became more ‘holistic’ and pro-active in activities </li></ul>Educator as a Change Agent Supporting Documents I am truly innovative
  9. 9. “ Up to now in my life every teacher in the school knew what I couldn’t do, you’re the first teacher that knows what I’m able do! Thank you Ms.V!” (A young man in my class) Innovative? Supporting Documents Reference Letter Educator1 Reference Letter Parent1 Reference Letter Learner Reference Letter Parent2 Reference Letter Parent3 Reference Letter Educator2