Reflection: Perseverance Plant vs. Animal Cells - Section 2: Explore


In a sort, it is very tempting for the teacher to provide a little bit too much guidance. You want to make sure not to point out what might be obvious to you, and let the students guide the conversation.

As I am looking at the students working I might ask things like "What is the rule you used to place these cards (never just one since it immediately just jumps to the other side) under plants?", "Why do you think these belong here and not there?", or "Which one of the cards would you say is (nails, skin, onion, cheeks), why?" Being correct is not what I am looking for, but rather to challenge the students' thinking to go deeper and look for evidence that supports their answer.

  Don't do the thinking for them
  Perseverance: Don't do the thinking for them
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Plant vs. Animal Cells

Unit 3: Cells and Organelles
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to differentiate between plant and animal cells, and identify the three principles of cell theory.

Big Idea: All cells are not the same.

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