Reflection: Checks for Understanding Can They All Live Together - Section 5: Noticing Diversity


Once students had created their murals, there was an incredible sense of pride in their accomplishments. I decided to have the students share their murals and talk about the parts of the habitats and why they were important. 

I let each group come up and share the work they had done. I decided that it wasn't enough just to hang up the murals, but they deserved a chance to feel good about the work they had done. I had heard much of their reasoning as they worked, but I knew that they needed a chance to share their creations. Sharing Our Habitats

I added a share time before hanging up the murals so that each group could share their work, and take pride in what they had done because it is important for students to know that their work is valued and worthwhile. Sharing is one way to accomplish this.

  Checks for Understanding: Student Pride
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Can They All Live Together

Unit 5: Where Does It Live?
Lesson 3 of 17

Objective: SWBAT decide which imaginary animals might share a habitat and why

Big Idea: Each habitat is filled with diversity. Students need to understand that a habitat is more than a single animal in a single place

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Science, forest, ecosystem, investigation, survival, rainforest, habitats
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