Reflection: Student Feedback Researching the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus! - Section 4: Drawing a Conclusion about Sources


As I prepared to teach this lesson, the haunting wonder of whether or not it is a mean thing to have my students research a complete hoax. The value of the learning? It lies within the understanding that this very After I taught it, one student had come to my desk with the photo of the blue tree octopus and the look on her face told me that she was figuring out that it all was a fake. I didn't ask, and she didn't seem to want to share that she doubted it. So, during our share period, I brought it up and it really had a strong message to my students that they needed to trust their prior knowledge, common sense and gut feelings.

It was so easy to be fooled. Even the camouflage movie looks so real! I think the lesson of the value of accountability is essential for my students to learn right from the start. Accountability is essential for the advancement of science. Therefore, I am thinking that this lesson will stay with them. I expect that they will talk about "Remember the time Mrs. K had us researching that tree octopus?"

  Student Feedback: This wasn't a mean thing to do, was it?
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Researching the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!

Unit 1: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT research a website using skimming and scanning skills and gather important information.

Big Idea: Students learn to identify valid resources, skim & scan and explore how to fill out a simple research grid as they research a "tree octopus".

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