Saturday, February 9, 2013

Free Inductive Learning Strategy Guide

One of my goals this year has been to organize my planning materials so that I can access what I need without hunting through a multitude of papers, books, and online files. With that in mind, I've decided to create simple, one page guides for those teaching strategies I want remember and incorporate into upcoming lessons. That way, I can simply hole-punch them and keep them handy in my planning binder! Here's a peek at my first one focused on Inductive Learning.
If you think this would be useful to you, just click here to download yours totally free.  :-)

Of course, I've used Inductive Learning in various lessons before, but not quite to the extant outlined here. I like the added step of labeling the categories and then gathering evidence from the unit to support or refute their predictions.

First up, I walked my class through a sample sorting activity using terms I knew would be familiar to all of them - names of staff at the school, subjects, areas within the school, and activities.

Then I typed up key terms associated with our upcoming Colonial America unit from various categories. (Regions, Religions, Colonies, Founders, reasons for coming to the colonies, etc...)

Students worked with a partner to sort the words and phrases into categories and then gave each grouping a label. This part of the lesson really helped me understand what students already knew and what areas were confusing to them.  For example, these students grouped "Dutch" and "English" in with religions such as "Lutheran" and "Puritan".
Overall, I could see at a glance that most of my class didn't know the difference between the European areas and religions. Also - no clue what "indigo" was!  And these two clever boys decided that "Quaker" should go in with the food, since Quaker is a type of oats. HA! (No idea why they put "Puritan" in the food category, though.) And I'm quite sure most farmers would not consider their job a "sport". 
Lots of learning to do for sure!
(Here is the Excel file for the Colonial America terms if you could use them with your class. I made my selections mostly based on what was covered in the Nystrom Atlas we use, so you may wish to make some adjustments to fit your needs.)

So what teaching strategies do you recommend I delve into next??

1 comment:

  1. We did our unit on colonial America already, but I am definitely downloading and filing this file for when I introduce the unit next year. Thanks for sharing, Stacy @


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