Reflection: Trust and Respect If Frogs Need Water, Why Do They Want to Live in the Desert? - Section 1: Engage

 

I asked students to share their thoughts about why frogs and toads might live in the desert.  I had not yet explained to them that toads are just one group within the large "class" of frogs.  (Anura).

Anyhow, I make a point of not correcting misconceptions at the start of lessons like this because that would discourage both my shyer students, like this child, and my English Language Learners from sharing.  The point of these lesson opening questions and conversations is to develop students ability to talk about their ideas and get a sense of their starting point so they can assess their learning as they move through a lesson.  

This child is very fluent verbally and writes prolifically as well.  She gets very discourage by feedback, however gentle, so I have learned that it works to subtly provide her with correct models throughout a lesson and usually she catches her own misconceptions or areas of confusion.

In the video, for example, you will see that she states that some frogs evolve slowly and some evolve quickly, which demonstrates some confusion over the idea of evolution.  She also states that frogs can live in the desert because sometimes they can go in the shade, which keeps them from getting thirsty.  Frogs need for water isn't based on thirst.

  Initial Misconceptions
  Trust and Respect: Initial Misconceptions
Loading resource...
 

If Frogs Need Water, Why Do They Want to Live in the Desert?

Unit 13: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT read expository text about amphibians in two different states, and then will collect and graph data about their different habitats.

Big Idea: Animals survival is based on a complex relationship between heritable traits and an organisms response to the environment.

  Print Lesson
12 teachers like this lesson
Subject(s):
Science, Arizona, North Carolina, amphibians, adaptation, animal
  56 minutes
scaphiopus couchii
 
1
2
3
4
Similar Lessons
 
Observable Properties Investigation
3rd Grade Science » Changes to Physical Properties
Big Idea: Students will identify how cooling affects the observable properties of different liquids.
  Favorites(2)
  Resources(12)
Silver Spring, MD
Environment: Suburban
Chaunetta Anderson
 
Making a Line Graph
4th Grade Math » Measurement and Data
Big Idea: Students can use data from a table to determine the appropriate intervals to include on the "y" axis, then graph the data in a line graph.
  Favorites(1)
  Resources(13)
Memphis, TN
Environment: Urban
Rose Monroe
 
Wing Span
3rd Grade Math » Going Batty Over Measurement and Geometry
Big Idea: Many students create bar graphs and can explain questions like "more than" and "less than", but are not accustomed to actually gathering the data and building the graph from the ground up. This engaging lesson requires students to do all of the above.
  Favorites(2)
  Resources(11)
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
Michelle Marcus
 
 
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload
details
close