Reflection: Grappling with Complexity What's the Difference? Rivers, Streams, Lakes and Ponds... - Section 6: Evaluate


An amazing sideline happened during this lesson.  One of my students, a quiet shy little boy raised his hand and asked the question...."Is murky water like brackish water?" 

I was stunned when he asked this.  We had been having an in depth discussion about murky water and what it meant.  Brackish water was something we learned about during the Shark lesson. This student had taken his prior knowledge from a previous learning and connected and wondered about this learning independently.  

It was incredible!!! It sparked an amazing discussion and the children did not let me down in being able to articulate and explain their theories about the two waters.  In essence it really was what I had been hoping to create all along with the comparing, but the children took it to a higher level.  

I believe it really was the highest level of inquiry I could possibly have ever hoped to see.  

  Grappling with Complexity: Higher Level Inquiry
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What's the Difference? Rivers, Streams, Lakes and Ponds...

Unit 7: Unit 7 - Wetlands, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between rivers, streams, and wetlands.

Big Idea: The lesson uses the knowledge and concepts about Freshwater bodies of water to practice the skill of verbally comparing and contrasting ecosystems.

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Science, rivers, engineer, water
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