Supporting Science Content Mastery Through Fostering Student Engagement and Interactions

Contact Person:
Dustin Cannarella

Dates / Times: Tuesday, January 17th @ 11:10

Location: Apalachee High School, room 1.423

Target Audience: Middle-school & High-school science teachers

Minimum Number of Participants: 1

Maximum Number of Participants: 10 in-class / unlimited outside-classroom

Description: This lesson plan, which is part of the Unit 4 – Land & Water Use curriculum for the AP Environmental Science course I teach to 9th grade students, includes an opening strategy that promotes student engagement through having them reflect on what they have eaten recently and then using this background knowledge to transition to the content focus of how animals are raised for food in the industrial system, a direct instruction component that both maintains student engagement through the use of discussion-provoking imagery and inquiry-based questions as well supports literacy through a jigsaw reading of an Industrial Food Animal Production primer, both guided practice and independent practice components which involve the student working/participating in “expert” and “sharing” groups, as well as a summarizing strategy that requires students to reflect on what they have learned through brainstorming / journaling about ways to mitigate the negative impacts of Industrialized Food Animal Production. Included in this model lesson is a strategy for utilizing a student with a “big personality” as a classroom support.

Required Materials / Technology: For this lesson, you will need access to the presentation slides (Animals: Field to Factory), a copy of the Industrial Food Animal Production primer from the Johns Hopkins Center for A Livable Future website for each of your students, as well as copies of the graphic organizer (Impacts of IFAP Handout) for your students.

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