Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Groovy Guppies-Recording Our Observations - Section 3: Independent Instruction


After the first three lessons, it occurred to me if I wanted to maintain and enthusiasm, I needed more ways for the students to record their observations other than typical worksheets.   As a skill, observation will become increasingly important as the curriculum advances.  I wanted to give students alternative ways to record and share the things they observed.  In reflecting on this, one thing I considered was they loved to color.  I needed to find a legitimate reason to let them do this..and there it was!

With this simple picture, I used color to my advantage in the guppy's body.  Since guppies (and guppy pictures) come in a wide variety of designs, it gave the children an amazing opportunity to use their natural creativity to create an accurate design that combined a variety of hues.  Their enthusiasm (I could barely get them to stop!) for this activity motivates me to find more ways to assess using color. Very groovy indeed!

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Recording Observations
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Groovy Guppies-Recording Our Observations

Unit 1: Spy Swimmy
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: The student will show the structure and color variations of a guppy with a detailed sketch.

Big Idea: If guppies look so different, are they still the same kind of fish?

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Science, XC4, XC6, SEP8
  35 minutes
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