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Breaking the ice

Thinking Routine: Ice cream bowl

We are going to start a new project which is going to take us around two weeks of our Science lessons, to start with it we will do the following thinking routine to discover all the things you know about human body and its structure.

The routine it is calles Ice Cream Bowl (download in editable odp formatdownload in pdf).

  • The base of the bowl: Write the topic we are going to learn
  • The bowl: Before dealing with the topic, what do you know about the topic?
  • Brown chocolate: Doubts you have about the topic
  • White chocolate: Something it has surprised you
  • Black chocolate: What have you learnt?

This thinking routine could be used along the whole project to assess the learning students achieve every day.

When you finish writing the thinking routine ideas in your graphic organizer you can write the main ones in some pieces of paper and they will be sticked into a the big display in the class so it will be shown during all the project and we can add more new ideas along the project. 

Thinking about my learning

One of the most important thing in our learning processes is to reflect about it to improve as much as you can. For that purpose you can create a Learning Diary in which you are going to reflect about how everything is going along this project. 

For the learning you can choose different options:

  • Create a shared document with your teacher
  • Use any tool like padlet to show your progress
  • Use a notebook in which you can write

Everyday at the end of each lesson you will write on your Learning Diary answering the following questions:

  • Date
  • What have I done?
  • What problems did I have? How did I solve these problems?
  • What have I learnt?
  • How can I improve my learning for the next lesson?
  • Do I want to learn a bit more about something?

Your teacher will check it and give to you some feedback to help your improvements.