Reflection: Lesson Planning Spider Venom and Silk: Human Uses - Section 2: Activity


I recently had a meeting with one of my colleagues who asked me if it was really worth the time to read The Killer's Bite aloud to the class and I had to answer with a resounding yes!  Being a science teacher, I am far from an excellent and experienced "read out-louder" (it should have a name!), but I was worried that due to some of the vocabulary that students would miss the beauty of the writing and/or fail to comprehend the reading on their own, so I gave it a shot and I am so glad I did.  There is so much more learning that stems from this experience when you add questioning and discussion.

My initial thoughts were to use this opportunity to clarify vocabulary/meaning, which is apparent from the video, but as the day progressed and I became more comfortable reading aloud our discussions deepened.  We began to discuss why he took the time to note his health prior to the experiment, including any sensitivity to bees or mosquitoes.  We discussed if his findings were scientifically sound/reliable.  We made connections between this article and our prior experiences, either in life or from our prior lessons.  There are so many ways to use this read aloud to extend learning, please take the time to try it out before deciding if this is a useful strategy - it is as good as you make it.

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Spider Venom and Silk: Human Uses

Unit 5: Biodiversity and Spiders
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use research to determine the potential human uses for spider venom.

Big Idea: You want to inject me with what?! Students discover the potential medical treatments that spider venom may provide.

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