Reflection: Shared Expectations Life in the Big City- Can the Mountain Lion Survive? - Section 3: Explore


In utilizing cooperative learning strategies based in Spencer Kagan's Cooperative Learning, it's important to set up expectations for how the teams will work together and how the class works together. Fortunately, my students have been practicing these structures for two or more years, so it has been easy to utilize them with my students. We do a lot of class building and team building activities so that my students are more comfortable working together. They are seated at tables in groups of 4 (also in the science lab) and know their numbers or letters that get assigned to them based on the "Team Mat" in the center of the table.  

I chose to write the mountain lion lesson based on my students' interest in this amazing creature. We have had the opportunity to hike on the trails that these carnivores have traveled and the students are always asking about the Puma. We have also been working with the National Park Service to do native plant restoration and we have been learning about the human impacts on the environment. 

It's important to warn the students of the graphic nature of some of the photos (some have the lions with deer kill), but they need to also be aware that this is what the lions eat and most likely one of the ways they are getting exposed to the rat poison.

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Life in the Big City- Can the Mountain Lion Survive?

Unit 4: Ecosystems
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT Determine what factors have affected the lives of mountain lions living in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and what we can do to help keep them there.

Big Idea: Humans have had an impact on the lives of animals and their habitats. What has been done to change this and can we do more?

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