Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge The Heat is On! Habitats in the Desert! - Section 4: Evaluate

 

During a past science unit, we studied plants. I did not do a specific lesson on the process of desert plant growth and needs because I wanted the kids to examine that here in the habitat unit. This was done purposefully so the kids would have to make connections between a past lesson and current learning.

When I had the kids go outside to examine the desert plants and look for signs of animal habitats, they immediately noticed how the roots of all the desert plants were up at the surface of the ground as well as spread out far and wide. As soon as we returned to the classroom the discussion began.

This was very exciting because the kids demonstrated being able to use what they had already learned to what they were currently learning. They started discussing on their own about how the cactus and other desert plants probably had roots like that so they can get water because it doesn't rain here much. It is a very dry and arid climate we live in. That then brought them to a discussion about our what we learned in the weather unit about heat and how the sun produces the heat. While I was thrilled, I had to reign it in at that point due to time constraints, but we reignited the conversation at a later time to finish our thoughts.

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The Heat is On! Habitats in the Desert!

Unit 6: What's your habitat?
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: SWBAT identify habitats found in the desert by matching the animal to their habitat.

Big Idea: Children learn that animals in the desert have specific adaptations and needs.

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