Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Goldfish and Tadpoles- More Alike Than Different? - Section 2: Whole Group Instruction


In retrospect, this Goldfish/Tadpole comparison was a very easy lesson to teach.  It’s an engaging subject with an accessible concept (everyone grows, right?).  The first two lessons in this unit set the table for the students and it flowed well.  I designed it to be flexible as well so another teacher could use it the format to teach any number lessons on animal comparison.  Although I’ve included sample documents in .pdf, here is a link to the Google drawing (it's super easy to use!)’s super easy to use!)/edit so you can customize it to your heart's content.  As I mentioned in the narrative, the main goal of this lesson is to illustrate how animals that seem similar at one point of their development can quickly grow into something quite different.  It reminded me of people who want cute tiger or bear cubs as pets, not thinking of the future.  This knowledge will give the students valuable perspective.  As they discuss these differences which each other, they’re actually gaining valuable social perspective.  Although this is an evolving (since egocentrism is rampant) skill with this age group, it's easy to absorb the idea that change is normal and often leads to welcome connections and differences.  It also helps students develop strong connections to the animals that commonly surround them.  The goal is to get our students to use Science lessons like this to look at the world a little differently, with wider eyes and more curious mind.

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Goldfish and Tadpoles- More Alike Than Different?

Unit 1: Spy Swimmy
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: Students will use a Venn diagram to compare/contrast goldfish and tadpoles.

Big Idea: How do we know the difference between some living things that swim?

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