Reflection: Checks for Understanding Fintastic Friends- We're In This Together! - Section 2: Whole Group Instruction


While this lesson seemed simple on the surface, I designed it to be an important opportunity to practice critical thinking and collaboration, two important CCSS areas.  The idea was to both recall characteristics of the individual fish and compare these and apply them to combinations of two and three fish.  The before and after contributions to the Venn diagram acted to extend the knowledge of the class.  When I have some extra time, I’d like to give this lesson an art extension by creating a variety of cut outs of these fish and add them to the chart.  This would give the students another reason to refer back to the chart to learn- and relearn- the facts we shared.  My plan for the next few weeks is to apply the skills that they practiced with this lesson to other animals that we see in other resources like books.  For example, a future lesson plan is about Kevin Henkes book, Old Bear.  While the book’s theme is about the changes in seasons, it refers to the “fish in the water”.  I’d like to see them connect any reference to fish to the ones we studied so the learning becomes more concrete.  As we considered the fish both independently and collectively, we gained valuable perspective and ability to apply it to things around us. 

  Checks for Understanding: Compare and Contrast
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Fintastic Friends- We're In This Together!

Unit 1: Spy Swimmy
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students use a Venn diagram to compare the appearance of a guppy, tadpole, and goldfish.

Big Idea: What do these fish and amphian varieties have in common?

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