Reflection: Lesson Planning Birds Help Their Young Survive (Penguins) - Section 3: Soaring to New Heights (Exploration)


Video clips are such an incredible way to enhance instruction if they are thoughtfully chosen and relevant to the standards.  In the past, science instruction was, "read this book and gain the content." Now, with the NGSS leaning on students to make their own observations, video clips are a way to have students observe phenomena that are not literally outside of their window.  I culled through online videos about penguins to find one that was age-appropriate, included the content I was looking for (in this case, more information about chicks), and also some cool new information.  I know that I learn a ton from videos, and students have the same need-- they need to learn how to gather information from a source other than books.

Here is how I transition to the video by giving students direction about what we are specifically listening for: Setting a purpose for the video.

  Lesson Planning: Setting a purpose for watching a video
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Birds Help Their Young Survive (Penguins)

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 15 of 16

Objective: SWBAT determine patterns in penguins' behavior that help their offspring survive.

Big Idea: Birds protect their young in some cool ways! Kids love how penguin daddy's are on diaper duty, while mom goes to the "spa" to eat and play!

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