Science Lesson Planner Title of Lesson: Title of Unit: Subject: Science Grade: Timeframe: Standard(s) Characteristics of Science: Content: Essential Question: Hook/Activating Strategies (Engagement) Describe briefly how you plan to launch the lesson. What do plan to do in order to capture the students' attention and get them excited about this topic. You should also briefly introduce the concepts that students are about to investigate to orient them and set the stage for meaningful inquiry. Key Vocabulary/Accelerating/Previewing Teaching Plan and Strategies: Exploration: In this section, you guide students through exploratory activities. This exploration should be primarily open-ended and student-centered. This part of the lesson may involve one continuous activity (whole class, small group, individual) or may be divided into separate centers that involve different activities. This section should include 1) Procedure: a step-by-step description of what you the teacher will be doing 2) Activity Sheet: a student activity sheet(s) that explains key aspects of the lesson to students 3) Key Questions: a list of a few questions that you can ask to stimulate student ideas and thinking 3. Explanation: In this section, let the students explain their results and their thinking in regards to their explorations. They should analyze their observations, explain their thinking with each other, and answer the questions that are included. At this point, you should guide the discussion toward the stated objectives of the lesson. The discussion can be framed in terms of what scientists consider as our current best explanation of the observed concepts or principles. This section should include: 1) Discussion Plan: a brief description detailing how you plan to lead the discussion 2) Concept Building: Provide a detailed explanation of the essential concepts of the lesson - What are the one or two enduring understandings that you want your students to possess after the lesson? This is a key point in the lesson because it is an opportunity to build and strengthen their current level of understanding. 3) Teacher's Guide: a brief mention of any potential problem areas, where to obtain materials, and/ or important ideas to emphasize 4. Extension: In this section, have students consider how these concepts can be applied to real-life situations. There are always connections that can be made to similar situations and students are usually able to suggest several of them. A thoughtful question or two can help kids to make the kind of relevant connections that are needed to improve retention. Finally, wrap up the lesson by discussing the key ideas and concepts. 5. Evaluation: In this section, you should include a description of how you will assess your student’s understanding of the key ideas in the lesson. If possible, your assessments should be completed before you design the lesson. Please include a copy of your assessment (quiz, rubric, checklist) with your lesson. Differentiation Please describe how you plan to differentiate this lesson to meet the needs of all the learners in your classroom. Science provides an excellent opportunity to differentiate because the open-ended, exploratory nature of the subject allows kids to focus on their strengths and interests as learners. Learning centers, independent projects and tiered assignments can all be used effectively to meet the diverse learning needs of students. Materials needed and other notes: Please list the materials needed for this lesson and any other notes that you think are important.