Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Feet, Fins or Wings-Exploring How Animals Move - Section 1: Opening


As teachers, we often focus heavily on the standards that we are held accountable for our grade-level and sometimes forget that we do have a responsibility to other grade levels to teach foundational content that will be the springboard for learning in future years.  NGSS includes cross-cutting concepts.  These are concepts that that have application across all domains of science and within content areas of each domain and these concepts will appear, over and over, throughout a student's science education. These concepts help students to interrelate knowledge and they help students to truly think like scientists.  

During this lesson, I hit on "structure and function".  The students in my class have already been exposed to structure and function during our five senses unit.  They learned about different types of body structures and the important functions that each of these structures has.  This seems like a lot for a kindergartener to absorb, but they were absolutely amazing!  They really grasped the concepts and now, when the concept and vocabulary appeared again during this lesson, they quickly applied it to the new concept.

We often tend to "dumb things down", in kindergarten, but we truly underestimate what they are capable of comprehending.  As long as the teacher provide support when introducing concepts (explanations and examples, restating, etc), the students can certainly handle exposure to higher-level concepts at this level.




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Feet, Fins or Wings-Exploring How Animals Move

Unit 4: Fast or Slow
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: Students will classify the different locomotive structures of animals by completing a sort.

Big Idea: This lesson is a fun follow-up to Fast, Faster, Fastest. Students will explore the different ways animals move.

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Science, Science Skills, speed (Motion), questioning, movement, weight, force
  30 minutes
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