Developed by Mark Weakland, this graphic /organizer is a component of the Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit Plan (also by M. Weakland). When you purchase the unit plan, you get information on how to use the Exploration Board in multiple lessons.
An Exploration Board is a way of organizing and displaying the content of a single chapter or unit or multiple chapters and units within any given content areas. It can take the form of an ever-changing bulletin board, a series of poster boards, a document posted on a class video monitor, a web page, a student handout, etc.
Exploration Boards allow teachers to...
â€¢ Provide for (and keep track of) differentiation within your classroom
â€¢ Create advance organizers, study guides, pre-reading activities, during-reading activities, and culminating or after-reading activities
â€¢ Organize formative or summative assessments
Through the use of Exploration Boards students...
â€¢ Build schema and prepare for learning via the advance organizer
â€¢ Read widely and expand their background knowledge
â€¢ Practice how to ask and answer specific categories of questions (Thick and Thin, QAR categories)
â€¢ Show learning of facts, concepts (sentences and paragraphs / orally or in writing) and skills (say, write, do / performance and products)
â€¢ Have access to differentiation based on their achievement, ability, types of intelligence, interest levels, gifted GIEP goals, and/or special education IEP goals