Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Nocturnal vs. Diurnal - Section 2: Guided Practice


During the animal sorting activity, I realized that the learning amongst the students might be better for them if they were able to work with a partner or a group.  As I had them begin sorting on their own, I noticed that the students naturally were talking about ways in which to sort them with one another.  It was fantastic conversation between them as they all had very different ideas of how to sort the animals into groups.  I decided that we should instead have this activity be a partner or a table activity.  While I think sorting them on their own was great too, the opportunity for more conversation and students being able to justify their reasons to one another is powerful in science.  The activity will work either way.  I just have an appreciation for kindergarten students being able to argue a point.

  Independent Sorting
  Discourse and Questioning: Independent Sorting
Loading resource...

Nocturnal vs. Diurnal

Unit 3: Nocturnal Animals
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students understand the definitions of a nocturnal animal versus a diurnal animal by sorting animal pictures into two groups.

Big Idea: Students learn that some animals have adapted to be awake in the day and some awake at night.

  Print Lesson
6 teachers like this lesson
Science, Science Skills, compare-and-contrast, Nocturnal, echolocation, animal
  45 minutes
Similar Lessons
Sorting it All Out, Seeds!
Kindergarten Science » That's the way to plant one!
Big Idea: Kids use the attributes of seeds to sort them into like piles. We use the same seeds to plant in future lessons.
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Urban
Dawn Gunn
Domestic vs. Wild
Kindergarten ELA » Forest Unit
Big Idea: Sorting items helps students develop language skills as they describe attributes and qualities to determine which category is the best fit for an item.
Lexington Park, MD
Environment: Suburban
Joanne  Clapp
Kindergarten ELA » Writer's Workshop
Big Idea: Take it ALL... and use what you need to get YOUR point across!
Knoxville, TN
Environment: Urban
Kelli Smith
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload