Reflection: Modeling The Feeling is Mutual - Section 2: Explore


While students are drawing their symbolic representations of each relationship, I walk around the room, asking some of them to show their work under the document camera. This helps to provide inspiration and ideas to those who are having trouble.

I do not have the students who share their work describe why they chose that symbol. Rather, I ask those who used their peer's ideas to explain why they feel this is a suitable symbol. This tells me whether or not they grasp the difference between the relationships and can put the essence of each relationship into words.

If a student can adequately justify their choice, I am able to determine they understand the idea and didn't just "steal" someone's idea. if not, I help to explain the meaning of the relationship and ask them to create an  alternate drawing to symbolize the relationship.

  Creating Symbols
  Modeling: Creating Symbols
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The Feeling is Mutual

Unit 2: Zoology
Lesson 11 of 17

Objective: SWBAT identify and differentiate between symbiotic relationships among animals in an ecosystem, including symbiosis, commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, competition and predatory relationships.

Big Idea: Living things in an ecosystem rely on a web of interdependence. These relationships can take on many forms.

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