Reflection: Checks for Understanding What Is Your Habitat? - Section 4: Writing the Habitat Paragraph


My students love to share their discoveries with me (video). I love to listen to what they have to say. When we make ourselves available in an enthusiastic manner, it makes all the difference in the world!

How did they do in their writing?

The rainforest habitat paragraph shows some good qualities of writing. The student starts with a question, although the question needs a question mark. He does a good job with sentence structure, but supplies a very simple and general description of the habitat. 

The ocean paragraph starts well. She goes on to name the five oceans and states how the oceans connect, which is a good detail. But I was looking for more specific details about what is found in the ocean. She will need to provide these details in the revision process.

The desert paragraph describes the desert as hot and dry, two good descriptive words, but this student needs more details about what lives in the desert.

The arctic habitat piece will need some major revisions. She includes an introductory sentence, but she doesn't indent. Instead of writing about the habitat, she writes about the polar bear.

Finally, the other rainforest paragraph gives us a good visual of what a rainforest looks like. He indents and stays focused. I will need to ask him to rewrite a few sentences in his own words.

  Checks for Understanding: First Drafts of Habitat Paragraphs
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What Is Your Habitat?

Unit 6: Habitats: Exploring the Regions Of Our World
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: SWBAT: Write a paragraph to explain the characteristics of a habitat.

Big Idea: Habitats are wondrous regions with a variety of life. Today, my students bring to life their paragraphs by providing rich details to describe their animal's habitat.

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