Reflection: Performance Tasks Scientists Share Their Learning - Section 1: Instructional Notes


I chose for students to complete a performance task for this unit; namely, they make a model with labeled external parts and then tell how one part helps the animal survive.  I try to avoid paper-based tests, especially at the beginning of the school year.  I find that my beginning readers-- even when the questions are read aloud to them-- have difficulty and get confused.  This makes paper-based tests inaccurate.  Plus, choosing a model helps develop the students as scientists through Science Practice #2.  

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Scientists Share Their Learning

Unit 1: Wiggly Scientists and Wiggly Worms
Lesson 13 of 13

Objective: SWBAT effectively communicate an example of how an animal uses an external part to meet its needs.

Big Idea: The big reveal! In this lesson, students will "show what they know" by sharing their 3-D animal models. Can they describe how external parts help the animal?

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