Reflection: Checks for Understanding Scientist in the Field: Jane Goodall - Section 4: Assessing their Understanding


This lesson was very early in the year and our iPads were not ready yet. I had to think about how to adapt this lesson assessment and still get a quality product that showed my student's understanding. I decided that students would create drawings from the main points they entered in their gathering grid. I got some great results and they really enjoyed this project. I could rove around easily to see if they understood the concepts they read about. The Hoot Pant Call  shows that this students understands that this was how Jane figured out that communication was used to tell others they had found food. They showed they understood how Jane realized that chimps use tools to eat as shown in this example of  fishing for termites.

  Checks for Understanding: Adjusting when technology doesn't work.
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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
  70 minutes
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