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Content: Using Advance Organizers

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Purpose

This activity illustrates how a teacher might plan an advance organizer in any lesson on science, math, or literature, or writing skills.

TYPES OF FORMATS

Once you know the concept or topic you need to teach, you can decide on how you want to set up your advance organizer to capture what the children already know and to help show where the lesson might go from there.

Sometimes teachers and paraprofessionals use a

word web (centering the main topic in a circle and then adding spokes around the circle to show what the class or child currently knows about the topic).

chart (the teacher might show the students a chart that is halfway filled in and ask if the children can fill in what else they know about a topic).  A chart is nice to use because the teacher can direct the conversation and advance thinking towards the components of learning they need to cover. This could also be a KWL chart (telling what the children know already, what they learned throughout the lesson and what they want to know next).

flo-chart (this can show a sequence of what they have learned and how it sequences to what they will learn today).

any other visual or physical organization of prior knowledge connected to current experience.


TAKE NOTES

1. DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF ADVANCE ORGANIZER YOU MIGHT USE

  • Getting the proper nutrients in your diet……. Advance Organizer:___________
  • What is a bully?…………………………………………Advance Organizer:___________
  • Maps: The basics………………………………………Advance Organizer:_____________
  • Odd and even numbers…………………………….Advance Organizer:_____________
  • Famous scary stories………………………………..Advance Organizer:_____________
  • Our solar system……………………………………..Advance Organizer______________
  • Other Topic_________________………………Advance Organizer______________

 2. DESIGN A SAMPLE ADVANCED ORGANIZER FROM YOUR LIST ABOVE

3. REFLECT  on it by yourself using the questions below or talk in a group. 


TAKE NOTE

  1. Did using the planning chart help you identify ways to preview the concepts and skills in the lesson? Why or why not?
  2. What sort of advance organizer did you think would work best? why or why not?
  3. Remember… Advance Organizer Planning Charts do the following things
1.Connect new ideas/skills to ideas/skills student already knows 2. Explain new ideas/skills by defining, comparing, and/or giving examples 3.Identify important relationships between new ideas/skills

4. PREVIEW VOCABULARY around the topic.

5.  MAKE PREDICTIONS OR DRAW CONCLUSIONS  based on what they know 


HERE IS AN EXAMPLE for 8th Grade History:

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Helping with Instruction (WORKSHOP)

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