Reflection: Rigor Phil It Be a Great Day?-Groundhogs and Hibernation - Section 3: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


After I created this lesson, I had some doubts about whether it was an appropriate level for my kindergarten students.  Classifying animals by different types of hibernation is a challenging task.  As a matter of fact, when I was talking about the lesson with some of my colleagues, some of them commented that they didn't even know there were different types of hibernation!  And I was going to expect my students to grasp this concept??

Well, I was pleasantly surprised!  The students were very attentive during the lesson and they started asking questions about other animals like squirrels and chipmunks.  We actually diverted from the SmartBoard lesson for a period of time to look up other animals and to find out more about whether they hibernate and the type of hibernation they experience. 

I guess this lesson reinforces that motivation is a key factor in student learning.  When students are excited and engaged about a topic, amazing things can happen.  My students showed me this.  When it was time for the independent practice, the students' only struggle was with identifying a few of the animals  (The black line pictures maybe did not portray all of the animals accurately).  They quickly and accurately placed all the animals in the categories.  It was really fun lesson!

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Phil It Be a Great Day?-Groundhogs and Hibernation

Unit 5: Groundhog Day Mini Unit
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: Students will be able to identify animals that hibernate by completing a sort.

Big Idea: Groundhog's Day is a great time to talk about animals that hibernate. This lesson introduces your students to Punxsutawney Phil as well as other hibernating animals.

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