Series Success at the Core: Relevant and Real Content: Grounding Content

Grounding Content

Lesson Objective: Think about how class content connects to the real world
Grade 8 / Science / Relevancy

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does the teacher connect minerals to his students' interests?
  2. According to the teacher, why is it important to generate real-world connections?
  3. In what ways do you ground content for students in your class?

6 Comments

  • Private message to cindy conner

By showing your students the relevence that content has in their real life, you are giving them reasons for learning, giving them encouragment that their time is valuable and their knowledge is beneficial. I like to ground content for studnets in my classroom to show them how this knowledge will improve their lives and their future.

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  • Private message to Michael Burke
Every word that is given context and produces importance will create a deeper understanding and have a greater chance of sparking some interest. Having students see the minerals, work with them, and learn how they are used in products will have an impact.
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  • Private message to barbara goemans
Great how the students were processing.
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  • Private message to Nito Pizano
Great example for content literacy, understanding the language of science through hands on activities and understanding student population.
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  • Private message to Belinda Kinney
"Science is a foreign language" and "language takes time." I love how Mr. Olive gives his students opportunities to construct their own definitions and time to practice using those definitions; he is not the deliverer of knowledge but the facilitator of learning. Thank you, Mr. Olive!
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