Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Investigating Crayfish Behavior - Section 3: Active Engagement


There is nothing better than a loud classroom on task!  During this activity, students were given permission, and expected to, wonder, test, record, and wonder again about their crayfish and its behavior.  The longer students are able to explore, the more detailed and meaningful their investigations become. 

Allowing the students to lead their own investigations, within a boundary, encourages debate, questioning, experimenting, revising, modeling, and analyzing data.  Almost all of the science practices can be woven into sessions when the students are put in charge of their investigations and are held accountable. 

  The Joy of Discovery
  Student Led Inquiry: The Joy of Discovery
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Investigating Crayfish Behavior

Unit 3: Structures of Life: Crayfish
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to create investigations about, and gather data from, crayfish behavior.

Big Idea: Simply watching crayfish and gathering data through careful observation are different skills. Students will delight in thinking of experiments to carry out in order to observe crayfish in this lesson.

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Science, behavior data, investigation, recording data
  55 minutes
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