Reflection: Rigor Bears of the Pacific Northwest - Section 2: Engage


The students are very accustomed to using Circle Maps. We use them in so many aspects of our day to day learning.  However, I chose to adapt this particular map a bit. Rather than use this tool to gather information before we began our lesson, I wanted to use it more as an organizational tool for the children to document their own learning.  

Robert Marzano shares in his book, Classroom Instruction that Works, that non-linguistic representations are one of the nine effective strategies teachers can utilize to foster higher level thinking.   

Because I knew the Power Point I would be using focused on the two types of bears in Washington State, I drew a line through the center of the circle map to distinguish two areas to write.  This offered a way to organize the information in a somewhat non-organized way.  

  Rigor: Adapting the Resources
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Bears of the Pacific Northwest

Unit 4: Unit 4- The Alpine Mountain Environment
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT gather information from grade level text and share that information in a scientific format.

Big Idea: Knowing what is important information and relevant to research is not always an easy task. Once that information is gathered, how do you share it with other scientists? This lesson practices both of these skills.

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Science, Mountains, bears
  90 minutes
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