Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Behavioral and Structural Adaptations - Section 1: Introduction


I begin nearly all of my science lessons with a focus question.  The focus question is like the lens I want my students to view all of the activities of the day through.  I try to phrase these questions in such a way as to include the most higher order thinking possible.  In this lesson, I could have asked "What are two types of adaptations?" but by asking "What structures and behaviors help an animal survive in its environment?", I created a situation where students must categorize or classify information as they read, not just memorize or locate.

  Creating Focus Questions
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Creating Focus Questions
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Behavioral and Structural Adaptations

Unit 8: Animal Structures
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT classify animal adaptations as structural or behavioral.

Big Idea: Students will read a passage and identify animal adaptations as structural or behavioral to build their concept of adaptations.

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Science, life science, adaptation
  45 minutes
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