Hey, everyone. I wanted to share some of the planning I’m doing right now for small group. We have a 30 minute intervention block everyday toward the end of the day. Students are pulled during this time. I am planning to work with some students not being pulled for reading or math to work on science.
I realize how lucky I am this year that I can focus on science instruction without having to worry about reading, writing, and math state tests. It really narrows my focus, which I think is good.
Here’s the plan:
How I formed my groups:
I see 66 students for science, so I cannot pull all of them. I visit with my students who are not meeting expectations regularly each week, so I am not pulling them in group. Also, many of those students are the same ones in reading or math intervention at that time.
I will see each group for one hour a week in a small group setting.
One group is for my five highest science students. I looked at classroom performance and benchmark data to decide.
The other group is for five students who are performing just below what I expect and have a great work ethic. I’m hoping to get them “caught up” in the coming weeks.
These groups are not permanent, but they are the groups I will keep for at least 6 weeks.
What are we going to do? Great question. I’m not sure just yet. 🙂 I’m thinking an earth science engineering project for my enrichment group and process skills and vocabulary work with my intervention group.
UPDATE on INTERVENTION GROUP:
UPDATE ON ENRICHMENT GROUP:
I met with my enrichment group today and I haven’t been this excited about something in ages. They are psyched…I’m psyched! I had worked on a project over the summer (part of what I will be presenting at CAST Conference). They are each designing their own solution to hillside erosion.
They are researching erosion and have started designing a model to prevent water erosion. There are some REALLY genius ideas that I heard today. They all start with wood blocks in an aluminum pan that are covered in soil (one block is a rectangle and one is a ramp). Then they have to design a landscape and tools that will prevent water erosion with it “rains” over a period of ten days.
We talked about how it’s sort of a contest, but not really to see who has the most soil that erodes. They are just trying to create the best structure and landscape that they can. I saw them and decided…I have to build one, too.
Check out the guide by clicking the pic below.
UPDATE 10/8: We started on our landscapes and structures today!