Reflection: Vertical Alignment Scientist in the Field: Jane Goodall - Section 3: Mini Research Activity


As we transition to NGSS, my fourth graders need the extra support of understanding how scientists observe, the importance of recording observations and the results of that record keeping. I wanted them to understand more deeply that humans have an impact on how certain animals life cycles, growth and development progresses. I wanted them to understand what Jane did and how she did it so that they can have a chance to perceive themselves in that possible role.

As we progress through the year, this lesson will help them have a foundation in understanding how to research, how research is done by others, and how to communicate that research. They need these skills in place prior to the lessons ahead involving inquiry, discovery, invention, problem solving and communication.

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Scientist in the Field: Jane Goodall

Unit 1: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT recognize that people need to protect animals and their habitats, identify tools that scientists use to study, and understand that scientists use observation to gather information about animals.

Big Idea: An up close and personal look at Jane Goodall helps students understand roles human's play on preserving wildlife and understand how these observations let us know that some animals form groups that help members survive.

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Science, Research Strategies, Language Arts, Partner Reading, critical thinking
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