Reflection: Complex Tasks Bacteria, Protists, & Fungi Kingdoms - Section 3: Explore


The goal of conferencing with students is normally to check student understanding and to ask probing questions to promote deeper thinking. However, one of my most important roles when students are learning new and complex scientific information, is to help scaffold the complex information through conversation. During this conference, Bacteria Notes 2, I take the time to listen to the student explain her notes. Sometimes students get on a role with just writing notes down and I want to make sure she is truly understanding what she has read. I also define a challenging word, prokaryote: living organisms that have a nucleus within their cells (the nucleus is the "brain" of the cell). One of the differences between an at-grade level resource and a complex resource is the vocabulary. By helping students understand the vocabulary, teachers also provide students with a greater access to learning. 

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Bacteria, Protists, & Fungi Kingdoms

Unit 2: Ecosystems
Lesson 6 of 28

Objective: SWBAT investigate the roles of bacteria, protists, and fungi within an ecosystem.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will learn about the characteristics of living organisms and their categories. Then, students will delve deeper into four of the kingdoms by studying the roles of bacteria (archaebacteria & eubacteria), protists, and fungi.

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