Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge What is a Benthic Macroinvertebrate? - Section 1: Warm Up


Benthic macroinvertebrates are a topic about which students may know little or nothing. It is for this reason that I choose to begin this unit discussing insects. While not all benthic macroinvertebrates are insects, many are. Most students have experiences with insects from their play, home lives, or previous classroom work. It is crucial to tap into this wealth of prior knowledge for each student before we ask them to engage in new learning. Engaging prior knowledge allows students to ground their new knowledge in a previously-held, deeper understanding of a topic. Activating prior knowledge also helps students to better retain new information and make personal connections to the subject. The entry task is designed so that almost all students can successfully share what they know.  

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What is a Benthic Macroinvertebrate?

Unit 5: Macroinvertebrates
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT define a benthic macroinvertebrate and describe their living conditions.

Big Idea: Students will learn about benthic macroinverterbrates and their role in an ecosystem.

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Science, Environmental Education, observations, insects, Streams, benthic macroinvertebrates
  55 minutes
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