Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Researching Other Dinosaur Skeletons (Day 2 of 3) - Section 1: Teaching About Reliable Online Resources and Overview of Activity for Students


The NGSS has opened up a new play book for educators.  We now have the important concepts presented to us and are given the challenging task of creating student-centered learning opportunities.  Teachers as facilitators of this student-centered approach means that we are the creators of the unforeseen structure hidden within lessons.  

This lesson gives students the opportunity to discover patterns so that they can later go back to recreate a dinosaur skeleton that is more anatomically correct.  Providing students with the structure of creating a Venn Diagram assisted in creating a learning environment that placed an emphasis on analyzing various skeletons, not wondering how they should record their findings.  Spending 3 minutes reviewing Venn Diagrams at the beginning of class equated to 40 solid minutes for students to find information, discuss with their peers and develop their ability to use evidence to make sound decisions.  

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Researching Other Dinosaur Skeletons (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 1: NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and the Nature of Science
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT gather observations and evidence from reliable websites and use that information to create a new model of your dinosaur's skeleton

Big Idea: Scientists change their models all the time, based on new evidence that is collected in the scientific community. Once it is disseminated scientists modify their models. Have your students research and then reconstruct their dinosaurs, too!

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Science, Scientific Method (Science Skills), engineering, research, Nature of Science
  45 minutes
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