Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers - Section 3: Explore


In the past, I noticed that when each student has a computer and their own paper, the level of collaboration between team members decreases. Students become focused on their own work instead the team's work. I always try to find ways to encourage student discourse and collaboration as much as possible. Often times, students gain more from working together. When students talk with each other, they...

  • Negotiate the meaning of words
  • Agree and disagree about scientific ideas
  • Continually have to justify their thinking to each other
  • Challenge the validity of ideas
  • Learn using each other's strengths 
  • Model the use of language for ELL students


Today, I try to promote student discourse by providing each group with one computer and one paper. This turns out to be a success! The level of collaboration immediately increased! 

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Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers

Unit 2: Ecosystems
Lesson 5 of 28

Objective: SWBAT identify and explain the roles of different organisms within an ecosystem.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students research the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers within an ecosystem. Then, students apply this understanding by identifying the roles of organisms within the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem.

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