Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Poles Apart....The Arctic and the Antactic - Section 2: Engage and Explain


Any child who has gone to a zoo, watched cartoons or read comic books can easily have the misconception that these animals both live in the same region. There are plenty of reasons why children would believe this. 

Visiting a zoo, while a great experience for so many reasons, can also easily create misunderstandings to a child who doesn't read the plaques at the zoo sites that explain the "whats" and "wheres" of the animals they are observing.  Simply seeing all the animals in one place can very easily give a child the impression that any animal that is in a "cold" enclosure lives in the same place geographically. Especially, students with limited experiences.

Cartoons, television shows, and comic books are also classic for instilling this concept in children's minds.  

This is a misconception that is important to dispel. 

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Poles Apart....The Arctic and the Antactic

Unit 5: Unit 5 - The Science of the Polar Regions
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: SWBAT to discover the differences within the Polar Regions.

Big Idea: Seeing that the world is not one giant piece of land and understanding where those pieces fit in the puzzle can be a huge learning.

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