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Lesson Thinking Maps/Unique (Physical Science)

Y36 & Y22

Lisa Calise & Caroline Pernice
Thinking Maps - Unique
Teaching Point: Students will learn to visually represent the thought process of classifying by using a Tree Map. Students will
learn how to answer questions such as: What are the five senses? What do rice krispies look like? What do rice krispies
feel like? What do rice krispies smell like? What do rice krispies sound like? & What do rice krispies taste like?
Connection: Boys and girls, last week we discussed the five senses using popcorn. We talked about how popcorn looked, felt,
smelled, sounded, & tasted. You all did a great job working in groups and labeling popcorn by using your five senses. Today
we will use our five senses again to label rice krispies!
Materials: Differentiated Tree Maps (thinking maps), differentiated rice krispies picture cues, SMART board, visual 5 senses
cues, rice krispies, blue triangle transition receptacle, yellow star transition receptacle, red circle transition receptacle, blue
triangle/yellow star/red circle symbols (for transition), glue sticks, preferred reinforcers

DOK: Level 1: Arrange rice krispies picture cues into correct sense. Label each sense by putting the correct picture cue in each
DOK: Level 2: Classify the five senses by using a Tree Map.
Common Core Standards Addressed:

CCSS.ELA Literacy.CCRA.W.2:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the
effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Motivation: Students are intrinsically motivated by using rice krispies to classify the five senses and the use of the SMART
board throughout the lesson. In addition, students will be reminded of what they are working for. Students will be shown
preferred reinforcers and receive preferred reinforcers upon successful completion of task, utilizing a first/then board.
Teachers will introduce the lesson, by reviewing what the five senses are, while students sit, attend & actively
Ms. Calise will ask students if they can name the five senses. Ms. Pernice will hold up five senses picture cues for
students that need additional support answering.
After the five senses introduction, teachers will model (on SMART board) how to classify popcorn using the five senses
on a Tree Map. Two students will be actively involved in this process.
One student will be asked to participate by coming to the SMART board. The teacher will say, What does popcorn
sound like? The student will answer the question by completing the Tree Map.
A second student will be asked to participate by coming to the SMART board to answer the question, What does
popcorn taste like? The student will answer the question by completing the Tree Map.
Teacher will then tell the students, Now its your turn to use your five senses and complete a Tree Map using rice
krispies. Teacher will also explain that there are three groups: red, blue & yellow.
The picture cues, for groupings, will be placed by students seating areas (to minimize confusion).
Students will be asked to match their picture symbols to the receptacle on the tables. This will separate them into three
Once seated, students will be given teacher directives and reminded what they are working for.

Students will be in three differentiated groups (red, blue & yellow).
Students in the red group will be asked to
Students in the blue group will be asked to
Students in the yellow group will be asked to
Para Involvement: Manage students behaviors by redirecting them back to task with verbal and gestural prompts and visual
support (e.g., sit down picture, five senses picture cues). They will work with students during the activity to assist them with
the lesson.
Assessment: Teacher observation and feedback will be given to students during the lesson and activity. Student data will
consist of level of cooperation with and participation in the lesson. Students will be able to self-assess when the teacher
models how to correctly complete the Tree Map using the SMART board at the end of the lesson.
Follow Up: Students will asked to complete Tree Maps, on different topics, throughout the year.