Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Data Collection (Owl Pellets Day 1) - Section 3: Owl Pellet Dissection & Data Collection

 

Because this project falls at the end of the school year, it is important for me to facilitate the project by providing students with the essential information and guidelines they need to complete it without giving too much support.  

I want to foster independence in my students and provide them with the skill set they need to solve problems even when they don't specifically know how. 

Throughout this lesson, I kept this goal in mind, and spent more time watching, monitoring, and asking questions about their approaches than offering tips and suggestions.  It was rewarding to see the students really take to the project, rise to face challenges, and provide one another with support. 

This project could have come at any time of the year, I am glad that I choose to leave it for the end because the students' work really reflected the mathematicians they have become.

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Data Collection (Owl Pellets Day 1)

Unit 6: Bringing It All Together
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use various tools to collect scientific data.

Big Idea: This culminating project allows students to dissect owl pellets, collect data about the owl pellets and the bones inside, then graph this data.

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