Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Desert Dwellers (2 Day Lesson) - Section 1: Engage (Day 1)


One of the things I did prior to starting this unit was to use the free resources from SERP Media's Word Generation Vocabulary Program to help my students learn the terminology needed in order to be successful. Through this program, my students learned the following terms before participating in the lesson:

  • native
  • population
  • interdependence 
  • disturbance 
  • recovery 
  • consumer
  • producer 
  • predator
  • prey

I love this program because it offers a great deal of contextual use and relevance pertaining to the terminology in all subject areas, including math, science, social studies and language arts. Not only have do I currently use this program as a self-contained classroom teacher, but I have also used it with my teaching team as a departmentalized teacher. I highly recommend it!

I taught the vocabulary several weeks beforehand as a normal part of our vocabulary instruction. In the past, I had tried teaching the vocabulary at the same time as the content, and I noticed that it impeded learning of the content because students were still making sense of the terminology.  By learning the vocabulary well ahead of time, students had time to use and work with the words, and create the necessary connections in order to apply them in this lesson.

  Preteaching the Necessary Vocabulary
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Preteaching the Necessary Vocabulary
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Desert Dwellers (2 Day Lesson)

Unit 2: Zoology
Lesson 2 of 17

Objective: SWBAT recognize cause-effect patterns among fluctuations in wildlife populations.

Big Idea: Wildlife populations are not static. They constantly fluctuate in response to a variety of stimulating and limiting factors. Populations of animals are continually changing in order to maintain equilibrium in an ecosystem.

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