Reflection: Unit Planning Survival of the Fittest: Exploring Basic Needs - Section 2: Whole Group Instruction


While the activity itself was fairly simple, I realized I tackled a big concept- survival- with this lesson.  A few months ago, I would have included much more (in great detail!) into one lesson, spreading it out far beyond what I needed to communicate the concepts. Lately, I see myself doing that less.  I think, as teachers, we are used to making sure that all the information is adequately covered so we tend to push many things into one lesson.  My experience with BetterLesson has made me dissect my lessons to go much deeper into both the subject and the explanation.  That’s helped me realize, a few times, I need to break apart a lesson into two or even three separate lessons in order to properly address this depth.  For example, in this lesson, I had previously included more elements of survival like clothing/covering.  I realized it was not necessary at this time to us that in order to teach the concept of habitat.  So, by changing a previous subject of a generic animal into a human, I was able to explain it in a way that the students could quickly absorb, thinking enough to understand yet not too much to confuse.  

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Survival of the Fittest: Exploring Basic Needs

Unit 5: Awesome Animals
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will identify and match key elements that different living things need to survive.

Big Idea: Why is it important for animals to have the right place to live?

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