Investigating Christmas Trees

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Students will decide which Big Idea best matches their study of Christmas Trees.

This is an example of an inductive lesson. Students move from details towards an abstract idea. This lesson makes use of generalizations, which you can see more about here.

Some places to look for Christmas Tree information:


  1. Students jot down as much information about Christmas Trees as possible. I recommend post-its or having them type this so that they can move this information around in the next step.
  2. Then, they group that information into three to five groups of their choosing. The groups should stay unlabeled until the very end of this step.
  3. Then, students pick from five Big Ideas (or write their own) that they think best fits the information about Christmas Trees. They explain their thinking and produce a paragraph, an essay, a presentation, or whatever you'd like!


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