Reflection: Lesson Planning What Did T-Rex Taste Like? - Section 1: Introduction


Analyzing pictures is a great strategy to use when introducing new concepts and you need to determine what students know (or think they know) on the topic.  It was fun to listen to students determine what a worm and a gorilla or a tree and a horse have in common.  

Some students were able to do this independently, but some student groups will need some assistance.  At this point I use some guiding questions to jump start student thinking, such as "do both of these organisms reproduce?" or "do these both have a system that moves nutrients throughout their body?"  Once students start to consider the internal workings of the organisms, it becomes much easier to find similarities and that, in turn, helps students recognize that all living things are at least distantly related.  

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What Did T-Rex Taste Like?

Unit 6: Evidence of Common Ancestry
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: SWBAT use a cladogram to make hypotheses and explain that all living creatures are related by common ancestry.

Big Idea: Using cladograms , students begin to develop an understanding of how classification can provide information about evolutionary relationships of organisms.

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