With this foldable and interactive notebook activity, it's easy to include both input (the foldable notes) and output where students process and display their learning in a circle map. The foldable is a great way to organize information about the evidence for evolution and students will enjoy using it to make their circle maps. My students loved making the maps, and every single one was unique.
This classroom-tested lesson provides everything you need to give students the time and clear expectations they need to produce creative work that solidifies their learning.
Details: This download includes foldable notes for students to gather information about four types of evidence for evolution (homologous structures, vestigial structures, DNA, and the fossil record). There are two options included for the inside page: a blank page and a guided notes page focusing on how each type of evidence supports the theory of whale evolution. Possible sources for filling in the notes include the textbook, a power point presentation (not included), or a class discussion. There’s also a video recommendation included in the teacher directions.
Once students have completed the foldable notes, they get to make a circle map! This is a fantastic activity for them to process their learning and decide how to represent the information in a creative way. The power point presentation included with your download will give students directions as well as examples of circle maps completed by students in my 7th grade classroom.
It can be hard to find the time for an output lesson, but it has a huge impact both on student learning and engagement. The balance in the classroom shifts when the kids are the ones deciding what information to include and how to organize and present it, and it frees you up to assess understanding, celebrate great thinking and learning, and work one-on-one those who need extra help.
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