Today was the first day of our three week block. I only had thirty minutes for an introduction into the unit so it was quick.
The unit I planned for was an electricity unit and we started the class off with a short video. This first class just introduced the concept of electricity by asking students to imagine what their life would be like without electricity. Electricity is so common in our lives that we sometimes take it for granted so I wanted to see what students thought about this and how they would respond. We also talked about and went over what static electricity and current electricity are.
My original plan was for an hour or so and then we got it cut down to 30 minutes, so I ended up splitting up my lesson which worked out fine!
I ended up adding in a definitions sheet as well as a PowerPoint for a visual component, but also to help me with my time management.
To conclude this lesson, I let students know that next day we would be focusing on some definitions, static electricity and an activity to demonstrate what static electricity is. Finally, I asked students to keep track of how many things they used that needed electricity to work and we would share next day.
I thought my lesson went well. The students were tired so I had them stand up and do some stretches before I started. They were engaged throughout the lesson, but of course there were a couple students who were tired and had their heads down.. how do you deal with this?
I made sure to move around the room to different students who were distracted and did not say anything, but simply stood next to them and they quieted down right away. I have never tried this strategy but it worked well.
One thing I want to do the next time I play a video is to have something for students to do while they watch, or at least give them a few things to listen for,
Overall, my introduction lesson into the unit of electricity went well!