Reflection: Continuous Assessment Behind the Scales- Structure of a Goldfish - Section 3: Individual Instruction


In this lesson, the goal is to help children understand the basic structure of a goldfish.  At this age, visuals are often key to comprehension for students.  Either an in-person observation or a brief video clip is a great way to illustrate lessons.  Don’t be afraid to access resources like YouTube’s TeachingChannel or NeoK12  This will create a concrete piece to the lesson and help them remember it better.  

The initial piece of instruction was delivered whole class.  This is a good way to efficiently communicate standard information.  The problem with using whole class to assess is the lack of focus, engagement, and individual knowledge.  The strategy of using pair/share to assess is threefold: accurately assess their knowledge, create a concrete experience, and develop valuable speaking and listening skills.  When a student is able to explain what they learned to a peer, it creates a deeper layer to their absorption.  Live animals is another way to deepen the lesson's experience.  Goldfish are inexpensive (buy the large feeder goldfish to start) and engaging class pets. This lesson is a wonderful way to experience learning in ways that will provide them with skills to support future education.

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Behind the Scales- Structure of a Goldfish

Unit 1: Spy Swimmy
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will explore and identify parts of a goldfish by analyzing live fish and labeling a diagram.

Big Idea: What parts of a goldfish are important to its survival?

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