Learning Theory

Constructivist Theory
    The constructivist theory is a theory of knowledge and learning in which posits that children actively engage with their world.  Learners are to engage in exploration with different materials, inner processes of reasoning, and interaction with peers and teachers.  They are expected to ask and answer questions, make hypotheses, test their hypotheses, confront challenges to their own and other’s thinking, and explore reflecting on results.
    Through the lesson plan provided for the Sonoran Desert Explorer page, the constructivist theory is put into place. The students are engaging in the world in which they live. They are able to log on to this website and search through many different types of wildlife that live in the same place that they live. They are asked to create a fun and different type of activity using the information that they have found on their on and present it to the class. It is a very interactive lesson between the student and teacher, student and parent/caregiver, and student and classmates. It gives them a chance to view information in a different way and also gives them a chance to teach someone else what they have learned through presentation.

Multiple Intelligences
According to Howard Gardner, there are many types of smart. He believes in eight multiple intelligences; verbal/linguistic intelligence, logical/mathematical intelligence, musical intelligence, visual/spatial intelligence, body/kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, and naturalist intelligence.  Everyone has a little bit of each intelligence in them, but they excel in one or two intelligences the most.  There are different tests that can be taken to find out the percentage of each intelligence that a person is. As mentioned, all of the intelligences work together. Teachers can provide opportunities for children to engage in meaningful activities that expand their thinking process, encourage active collaborative construction of understandings, and promote activities that foster higher level thinking giving each student the chance to expand on their intelligences.  With the Sonoran Desert Explorer lesson plan and webpage, there are many activities that are offered that relate to all of the eight intelligences. They give students a chance to shine in their own way based on which type of intelligence they are.

Blooms Taxonomy

StageExplanation of TermConnection to Lesson Plan
Knowledgelearner is able to recall information that was taught to themlearner will be able to create a scrapbook of their three topics. learner will also be able to complete an assessment on each topic
Comprehensionthe learner is able to understand what is being communicated to them by so that they are able to explain it to another personlearner will be able to present to the class or a parent/caregiver what they have learned after doing their research
Applicationlearner is able to find a practical use for the information in concrete situationslearner should be able to recognize types of vegetation, wildlife, and crawlers during their everyday lives without researching what they are looking at
Analysislearner is able to break up parts of information to see how it can work togetherlearner should be able to recognize the key features of each of their topics and be able to relate how all of the features help the topic function
Synthesislearner is able to put elements together to form a wholelearner is able to recognize the different types of vegetation, crawlers, and wildlife that live in the Sonoran Desert. They will be able to create a presentation about all three
Evaluationlearner is able to assess the value of the information and ideasLearner will be able to complete an assessment and the activities that go along with each page

Please take a moment to check out my content pages: Bumble BeeBlack Throated Sparrow, and Desert Sand Verbena

Please take a couple more minutes to look over my lesson plan: 3rd Grade-Lets Explore the Sonoran Desert