Reflection: Coherence What's a habitat anyway? - Section 2: Engage


At this point in their first year of school, my students have matured a little and are now ready to analyze and discuss science content on a higher level. They are more curious and they now ask questions for more information and clarification.

In this lesson, the kids are experiencing animal habitats as a whole for the first time. What I learned through discussion and through the animals unit in our reading program, is that the kids in the area where I teach are only familiar with three habitats: desert, "zoos" and woods. I found it very interesting that almost every student in my class thought that the zoo is an actual habitat rather than a man made facility.

We stop at each animal and each habitat to evaluate and connect our learning about the animals and where they live. This is very successful because by the time the lesson is over only a few of the kids think that the zoo is a habitat and most of them have a stronger understanding of the variety of animal habitats that there are, rather than the few they new before. Stopping at each point also allows the kids an opportunity to use their scientific discussion skills and to model for each other scientific thinking.

  Stopping in readings for discussions
  Coherence: Stopping in readings for discussions
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What's a habitat anyway?

Unit 6: What's your habitat?
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT explain what a habitat is and why habitats are important.

Big Idea: This lesson explores the idea that different animals live in different habitats due to their unique attributes.

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Science, Science Skills, questioning strategy, habitat
  45 minutes
animal habitats
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