Presentation on theme: "Concept-Based Instruction in the Kindergarten Classroom"— Presentation transcript:
1 Concept-Based Instruction in the Kindergarten Classroom An Interdisciplinary Unit on Relationships
2 Introductions Christina Forney Sarah Jones Kelly Kollar Erin Muffler LI/TD Magnet Coordinator at Mallard CreekSarah JonesLI/TD Magnet Coordinator at BarringerKelly KollarTD Catalyst Teacher at Polo RidgeErin MufflerKindergarten LI Teacher at BarringerLauren TeddyK-2 Multi-Age LI Teacher at Tuckaseegee
3 Today’s Objectives 1. Define concept-based instruction. 2. Examine the research behind concept-based instruction.3. Discuss why a concept-based unit on relationships is important.4. Explore the unit.5. Collaborate with colleagues about implementation.
4 What is Concept-Based Learning? It approaches content area standards from the perspective of an over-arching concept.UnderstandConcept and Generalizations- Transferable understandingsExample: Relationships are everywhere.KnowFactual and Critical Knowledge- Non-TransferableExample: Understand addition as putting together and adding to.Be Able toSkills and Processes- Transfer within and sometimes across disciplines.Example-Decompose a numbers less than or equal to 10 in more than one way.Erickson, H.L. (2008)
5 A Closer Look at Concepts Backwards PlanningConcepts vs. TopicsConcepts/GeneralizationsKnowledgeSkillsPatterns can be found in nature.Seasons follow a pattern and change over time.Record observations in a notebook.Compare and contrast pictures.ConceptTopicsChangeWeatherPatternsAnimalsRelationshipsCharactersSystemsGovernmentPowerGrammarStructureGeometryErickson (2008) and Tomlinson (2003)
6 What Does the Research Say about Concept-Based Learning?
7 Concept-Based vs. Topic-Based “Concept-based curricula are more effective than topic-based curricula, for the world of today and tomorrow, because they take teaching and learning to a higher level as students analyze, synthesize and generalize from facts to deeper understanding.”Erickson (2008)
8 The Standards and the Concepts Taba identified patterns of discussion in concept-based learning lessons and found an effective discussion is one in which the teacher remains at the lower levels (facts and topics) long enough for students to acquire enough information before moving them up to the higher levels (concepts).Maker and Sciever (2005)
9 Turn and Talk 1. What is concept-based learning? 2. How could it help your students become better thinkers?
10 A Relationship UnitWhy is it important and how will it help me and my LI Kindergarten students this year?
11 What Makes us LI Anyway? A variety of skills and abilities This unit is designed to challenge your bright and potentially gifted students at the highest level, while still meeting the standards for all students.Accelerated, Enriched CurriculumThis unit provides depth and complexity to the common core and state standards. It gives students the conceptual framework to build knowledge.
12 Preparing for Second Grade Testing- Analogies and Relationships Certifying LI students strengthens the magnet.LI/TD Magnets tend to have diverse socio-economic populations and under-represented racial populations.Exposing students to conceptual learning will provide them will experiences that can build background for the CogAT.CogAT Quantitative PracticeCogAT Verbal Practice
13 Relationship Unit Planning UNDERSTAND-Generalizations- The Big IdeasRelationships are everywhere.Relationships can be helpful or harmful.Relationships can be positive or negative.Relationships can be natural or imposed.Relationships can be correlations (cause and effect).Relationships can cause interdependence.Relationships can cause the exchange of ideas and values.Relationships are purposeful.Universal Concepts from
14 Relationship Unit Planning How can we study the content-based standards through the concept of Relationships?KNOW- The StandardsScienceUnderstand how objects are described based on their physical properties and how they are used.Social StudiesExplain how families have needs and wants. Explain how jobs help people meet their needs and wants.LiteracyWith guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.MathUnderstand addition.
15 Practice with Relationships Forced Analogies How are a hippo and a pencil related?Benefits- Critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, trains students to look for relationships
16 Practice with Relationships Visual Thinking Strategy Marcy Deutsch from The Art of Autism
17 Quick Write!3. How could learning Kindergarten standards through the concept of relationships, and in particular analogies, help your students?Answer Garden
19 Really…. Another thing to do!!?? The lessons should be very easy to implement. All ideas are there and clearly laid out, including prompts, things to consider, and pictures. All worksheets are attached as well.With a large range of students in the LI program, there is also tips for differentiating lessons!Lessons correspond to the kindergarten common core state standards.Lessons tie into curriculum, but can also “stand alone” if the subject is not yet touched upon.
20 Introduction of UnitUnit is split up into 20 different lessons, approximately 45 minutes in length.Lessons are set up by:ConceptGeneralizationEssential questionCommon core state standardsLesson OverviewSmall group/Large group with suggestedTips for differentiationResources
21 What are the lessons exactly? Split into 5 different groups- Introduction lessons/conclusion lessons, math lessons, literacy lessons, science lessons, and social studies lessons.Please consider:What relationships are being taught in the lesson?How will these lessons impact the students in your classroom?
23 Some resources to help you during and after the unit!
24 Concept Map- Connecting the Content to the Concept RelationshipsInvolvePeopleThingsCan be foundIn my lifeFriends, family, pets, stores, playgroundIn SchoolMath, science, literacy, social studiesAddition problems- numbers and signsRelationship between matter and what we use it forRelationship between money and needs and wantsRelationships between wordsFriends, teachers, classmatesAre used forUnderstanding ideas betterMaking life more enjoyable
25 Concept Development Introductory Lessons for William and Mary Basic StructureListGroupLabelSubsume- combine like groupsRe-groupRe-labelGeneralize
26 Building on Relationships Building Thinking SkillsAnalogies for BeginnersMath Analogies K-2PETS
27 5.How can you implement this in your classroom? Collaboration5.How can you implement this in your classroom?
28 Support for Implementation Plan to implement second quarter.Provide feedback to us.Share and support each other through Edmodo.Login or sign up atEnter group codeErin Muffler with questions/concerns or post in Edmodo.