Quest for the Tree Kangaroos

Quest for the Tree Kangaroos
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  • Teacher
  • The rest of you grab the new vocabulary words with the root "ject" off of the back table.
  • I need for these six students to see me at the desk. Bring your text book. Let's look at the vocabulary for the "Quest fo the Tree Kangaroo".
  • What does the word eject mean?
  • Hey, did you find the word that names the machine that makes images appear on the wall? Yes!  It is projector.
  • I found the word trajectory!
  • We found alot of cause and effect relationships! Good job!
  • Students
  • I found the effect of opening up the burlap sack. It is the male kangaroo went crazy. He wanted out.
  • The effect is the tree kangaroos dropped 30 feet!
  • I did not know the effect of the trackers climbing the trees.
  • Hey, is this a cause and effect relationship? Yes, it is! The cause is the sun is out. The effect is the Tree Kangaroo comes out of hiding.
  • Text
  • That is so neat how the radio collars work. 
  • You all challenged me today and caused me to think deeper through our discussions! Thank You! I love learning new things! I love the fact that I learned that a Taran (horse) became extinct in the 1800's. I did not know what a Taran was.
  • Let's all read the "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo" together. Great job of reading today!
  • I had no idea that Tree Kangaroos could swing in trees like acrobats. That is cool!
  • I did not know what respiration and anesthesia were. Now, I do!
  • This was cool Mrs. W. I felt as though I was there. 
  • "Make modifications in instruction and materials as needed."  I made modifications for vocabulary. I gave out new vocabulary words to those who scored high on the pre-vocabulary test. They worked on those words while I  helped my lower students with the regular vocabulary for the text "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo". I made sure to work in a small group with those struggling, and I challenged the other students who did well on the pre-vocabulary test. This demonstrates being an effective teacher and meeting the needs of each student. This worked well.
  • Context
  • Students worked in pairs on the graphic organizer.  They were placed according to their level of learning. (high ability with high ability and at- risk with average students) This worked great. By pairing them this way, each student was able to work at their own pace. The high ability challenged each other, and the at-risk and average challenged each other. The students did a great job of collaborating with their partner over the cause and effect graphic organizer. This worked well.
  • Task
  • I am so proud of the hard work that these students did today. They all stayed on task to complete their work. It paid off in the assessment scores!
  • Hey, I do not think that is an example of cause and effect. Let's look more closely at it.
  • The text was a good fit for about 85% of the class. It was a non-fiction text. It captured the attention of the majority of my readers. We had great discussions over the text. The discussions challenged the students and me. I learned from my students. I read the text aloud as they all followed along. This gave the struggling students a chance to hear the text and follow along. This was in preparation for them to read with partners the next day. The text was a great choice and was a very interesting topic for discussions.
  • Teacher
  • YouTube
  • Well students, the experiment did not work. Let me get the experiment on Youtube!
  • I created an atmosphere of being in the rainforest. I showed pictures of the Tree kangaroos and Papua New Guinea. I played background sounds of a rainforest. I had the students close their eyes and imagine being there in the rainforest. This went well. This created a great start to the background knowledge of the story "Quest for the Tree kangaroos". The students were intrigued. They were hooked! They were ready to take a journey to find the Tree Kangaroos. These were  great tools for creating an effective learning environment! I would do this again.
  • I loved how you played the background sounds of the rainforest. That made us feel like we were there.
  • I love that you showed us pictures of the Tree Kangaroos and Papua New Guinea.
  • The graphic organizers with partners worked great in finding cause and effect relationships. The highlight tape worked well with highlighting cause and effect relationships in the text. They did this with partners. The science experiment, even though it did not work, helped with understanding the skill of cause and effect. Because of these tasks that they did, and the task I did with the science experiment for cause and effect, they ROCKED the assessment! 80% of the students scored 4/4.
  • We Rocked IT!!!
  • As a teacher, I had to be flexible. My science experiment crashed and burned. It did not work. I was quick thinking and did not panic. I remembered the YouTube video of the experiment. I showed the video, and it worked well. I could still use it as an introduction to the skill of cause and effect. As a teacher, we must be flexible and willing to problem solve. 
  • The balloon did not inflate. It was suppose to inflate with hot water and deflate with a bowl of ice.
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