Reflection: Rigor What Other Habitats Are There? - Section 4: Reading About Habitats


I was very happy with how my students took on the task of reading about their different habitats. This was not easy material to sift through, and it included some scientific vocabulary, as you can see in the desert biomes handout. However, this did not dissuade them in any way from searching for information and trying to make sense of it. I was very impressed by the confidence they displayed.

Additionally, I got to participate in their enjoyment. For example, one student was extremely joyful about finding a word I used in the objectives (video). It was priceless. These are some of the joys teachers relish!

Other students were equally excited to share their discoveries. I found it quite remarkable that this student made the distinction between two different types of forests (video). She is reading challenging text, and she could not rely on pictures to make this connection. She understood what she read. This is tremendous progress for her, especially as an English Language Learner.

Another student points out how the marine habitat covers 70% of Earth (video). She is eager. She is reading challenging text. She is excited. Her reading stamina and comprehension has improved greatly.

I write about these students and their discoveries because it is important to stop and note the gains our students make with their reading. They are handling challenging text with ease. They are not daunted by words they can not pronounce. Witnessing this means I get to celebrate our hard work!

  Rigor: Reading About Their Biomes
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What Other Habitats Are There?

Unit 6: Habitats: Exploring the Regions Of Our World
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT: Demonstrate understanding of key details of an informational text by creating a poster.

Big Idea: The rainforest, marine, the desert, or the grassland, which habitat do you prefer? My students choose another biome to research to add to their knowledge of their world. Come discover with them their different characteristics.

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