Reflection: Lesson Planning Not All Arthropods Are the Same - Section 2: Activity


Transitioning away from the Illinois State Standards to the NGSS has been a bit of a struggle as it relates to content. ISS focused on the minutia of content and really focused more breadth over depth.

NGSS performance expectations call for students to have a different type of knowledge that goes way beyond basic factual knowledge, but yet does not require that students know every minute detail of a topic, but rather they have a strong understanding of the basic concept that allows them to apply this knowledge in a critical manner (such as understanding what biodiversity means and its critical role to the health of an ecosystem so students can design/evaluate ideas for maintaining biodiversity).

Though it has been a bit difficult to change, it is well worth it.  Students are enjoying science more than ever and are taking their learning deeper even though it appears they are learning less content.  The big difference is that students need to apply what they know to achieve the performance expectations rather than just memorizing facts they don't fully understand.

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Not All Arthropods Are the Same

Unit 5: Biodiversity and Spiders
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT create a Venn diagram that compares spiders and insects.

Big Idea: Students critically read scientific texts adapted for classroom use to determine the central ideas and/or obtain scientific information to gather evidence about the natural world.

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