Reflection: High Quality Task STEM Lab: Designing a Nest - Section 3: Day 1 - Activity


Before beginning the activity part of this lesson, I want to Set the Purpose and make sure that my students understand why we are building a nest as well as why the features of the nest are important. Since they have quite a bit of background knowledge about birds from their own experiences as well as classroom experiences, this goes pretty quickly. However, it is really important to verbalize why we are doing the things we are doing! This creates a good starting point for a high quality task. Without this discussion, some students may be left doing the activity and not really relating it to the content objectives. 

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STEM Lab: Designing a Nest

Unit 4: Living Organisms - Habitats
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT design and build a bird's nest by activating prior knowledge and watching real birds at work.

Big Idea: Do the birds fit? Will it hold their weight? Students design a birds nest to see if theirs holds up to the real thing!

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Science, First Grade, 1.L.2.2
  90 minutes
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