Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Rocky Shore Habitat and the Animals that Live There - Section 2: Question for the Day - What are the rocky shore conditions that animals deal with in this habitat?


Most of the time I break the question down for students to scaffold how to unpack the question. Today I chose to see what the students would do on their own because we had a similar question in the lesson about aphotic habitat earlier in this unit. 

When I listened in to student discussions, I heard many of them describe what an animal needed in order to survive in the rocky shore habitat. I interrupted the discussion and asked to read the first part of the question, "What are the rocky shore conditions?" Afters this part of the question was highlighted, students had no problem addressing the question.

After the question was clarified, I used the random sorter again so students could discuss the question with a new partner. Students were able to easily address the question, and came up with some 'on target' answers.  When I called on students to share what their neighbor said, they spoke with confidence and the partner, was happy with how their ideas were shared.

Directing students to use the sentence frames and repeat to their partner about he/she said, made a noticeable difference in the quality of discussions and participation. I think it gave a way for the speaker to be validated by their partner. Their partner was expected to listen carefully so that he could repeat the answer.


  Questions and Partner Answers
  Discourse and Questioning: Questions and Partner Answers
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Rocky Shore Habitat and the Animals that Live There

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Deep Ocean to Rocky Shore Adaptations and Submersible Designs
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: SWBAT describe the conditions of the rocky shore and make observations about some of the animals that live here.

Big Idea: Form and function - Students learn the conditions of the rocky shore in order to make informed observations about how animals have adapted to live in this habitat.

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