Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Animals in Classes! - Section 4: Wrap Up

 

During the lesson, students work in small groups to become experts on their animal class. As they work and talk together, certain facts really stick out to some students and get them excited! The expert strategy allows students the freedom to really explore one topic and then to have ownership of it as they share the information with the class. Working in groups to become an expert groups lets my shy students rely a little more on others to do the talking (at least for now!). Watch one of my groups get excited about their animal class!

 

As we end this lesson, I ask my students to write 1-2 questions they have based on the work we did today. Watch as I show some of their work and their questions. Many of my students wrote questions about a class of animals that was not the same class they studied in small groups! This demonstrates the benefit of the 'expert' strategy, where small groups learn about different topics then we come back together to share and learn from each other.

  Student Led Inquiry: Sharing Creates New Questions - The 'Expert' Strategy
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Animals in Classes!

Unit 3: Living Organisms - Animals
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT describe the 6 animal classes and key features of each.

Big Idea: Students learn about animal classification.

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Science, Science Skills, 1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food, and shelter , First Grade
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