Discussion storyboards are a great way to get your students talking about their ideas in science. They allow students to critique and evaluate different viewpoints without upsetting other students. This activity can be used at the start of the topic to identify and dispel any misconceptions students may have.
At first, show students a discussion storyboard like the one above. Ask them to look at the problem presented in the first cell. The following cells show four students who all have an idea about the problem in front of them. Students should think about whom they think is the most correct and be prepared to explain why that person is correct. Students might support their position by creating visuals, including text and images, on Storyboard That. These visuals can easily be exported as PowerPoint slides.
After students have prepared their argument, have your students discuss their ideas. This discussion can be carried out in a range of different formats. Students could discuss in pairs, small groups, or even in a teacher-led, entire class setting. It is important to agree on a list of discussion rules with students before they start so everybody gets a chance to participate. Students will also be able to practice adapting their speech to a formal debating context and can demonstrate their grasp of formal English.
Here are some other ideas to use these discussion storyboards in your lessons.
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)
Read the discussion storyboard that shows four students who all have an idea about the problem in front of them. You are going to give your opinion on whom you think is correct and explain why. You will use your created storyboard to engage in discussion with your peers.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Group
Type of Activity: Discussion Storyboards
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
Who do you think is correct?
You have selected a person you believe to be correct and explained why.
You have selected the person you believe to be correct.
You have not selected a person you believe to be correct.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.