May 10 - May 15
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Our normal working situation in class is with a process called Learning Centers, which we do four times per week, sometimes an hour or more depending on the complexity of the lessons. This week, students had activities integrated with math, literature, social studies, science, and computer technology all connected to the science of tree life in the forests of Missouri. Excellent materials were loaned to us by the Missouri Department of Conservation. These materials, including known and unknown leaves, stems, nuts, bark -- were conceptualized by Mr. Smith into lesson plans with learning objectives. Students used high quality science books, posters, tools, and identification guidelines. This hands-on work effectively places the students into the learning, allowing them to both "do" and "know" as they take on the identity of the scientist and work with the real content.
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