1: Dance of the Molecules Lesson (Special Education-2nd grade Inclusion)
Student's notes during
Student's drawings of molecules in different states
Students' drawings of molecules when drops first added and
then five minutes later
This is one of two science lessons
I had the opportunity to teach during my special education placement..
This is a science experiment that the 2nd grade teacher provided me
with and asked me to teach for her class. The class had recently ended
a unit on the different states of matter. In this lesson, students
added drops of food dye into water at varying temperatures: hot, warm,
and cold. The students made observations about the water and drew what
they saw. After five minutes, they again drew how the water looked. The
class shared what conclusions they had drawn and I wrote them on a
transparency. Afterwards, we did the "Dance of the Molecules". We acted
out how molecules behave in a solid, a liquid, and a gas.
This piece of evidence shows that I meet the
qualifications of a content expert. I did this by extending what the
class had been discussing into a information-filled, engaging activity.
This lesson was a challenge for me since I had not planned and taught a
science experiment before. The lesson itself was quite successful; the
students did not have any idea how molecules behaved in matter, and
they demonstrated an understanding of the concept after the activity.
While there are several ways I would improve this
lesson before teaching it again, I still believe it is a good, solid
Artifact 2: Reading Comprehension (Special Education-3rd grade Reading
When I first started teaching the third grade
reading resource group, I had only two students. Their reading levels
were close so I was able to give them the same work. On this
assignment, I asked them to read the passage and answer the questions.
To help them find information from the story, they underlined or
highlighted key words. This has proven the most successful method to
improve their reading comprehension skills.
I found this story in a book that the resource
teacher gave me. I selected it because of the moral of the story. I
wanted the students to understand that if they are determined, they can
achieve their goal. This was a new concept to them and they seemed
appreciative. Hopefully, this will stay in their mind.
This demonstrates my ability as a content expert
because it shows that I provide appropriate materials to increase the
reading skills of my students. This particular story was the right
reading level, but the concept posed a challenge for them.