Looking for a way to engage your students in thoughtful conversation and meet the Speaking and Listening goals of the Common Core? Then, practicing seminar is definitely worth your time.
I trained and taught over a ten year period under the Paideia philosophy which utilizes socratic seminar as one of the three columns of instruction. Seminar is an excellent way to assess student understanding throughout a project/unit. Used midway through, teachers can identify areas where students need further clarification. It can also be used as an excellent form of post assessment.
This socratic seminar is specifically designed to address a unit on sound. It would be appropriate for other grades (3-6), but was created with the 3rd grade FOSS Science Kit (Physics of Sound) in mind. However, you do not need to have taught the Foss kit in order to utilize this seminar plan.
Questions focus on sound (vibration, amplification, pitch) as well as brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments. A brief review the vocabulary words is suggested. These can be found in the pre-seminar activity. Review will ensure that all students understand the questions and can respond thoughtfully.
This plan includes:
* Pre-Seminar activity
* Typed copy of poem (Noise Day) for seminar purposes only
* Seminar Questions (opening, core and closing)
*Post-Seminar activity ideas to choose from
*Post-Seminar musical instrument chart partner activity