Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Soils of the Tundra - Section 3: Explore - Day One


We have been using the word 'tundra' often during the entirety of the unit.  Like in many other lessons, I have used the vocabulary term often in speaking with the students during lessons.  However, I have purposely not taught what the word means.  I do this for a very specific reason.  I am using the language to front load it for the students.  I want this vocabulary to become part of the children's speaking and listening vocabularies before I entrench them in the meaning behind the language.  

Another reason to do this, is the build up of excitement to learn the meanings behind the new vocabulary is so exciting.  Each time the language is used, but not with a true understanding of the word drives the children to need to know the meaning. This is when it becomes necessary and timely to teach it.  

  Front Loading Vocabulary
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Front Loading Vocabulary
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Soils of the Tundra

Unit 5: Unit 5 - The Science of the Polar Regions
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT identify the elements of tundra soils.

Big Idea: The soils of the tundra are very different than the soils of the lower 48 states. Investigating the permafrost that exists underneath the solid layer of soil is intriguing.

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