Reflection: Lesson Planning A Forest Habitat - Section 3: Comparing Our Findings


This lesson was designed to scaffold new learning of the term diversity on to student existing knowledge of life in their local woods. Scaffolding is am important technique that helps students to build a bridge from what they already know, (that there are so many different plants and animals in the woodland habitat) to the new term, diversity.

The Next Generation Science Standards want second graders to understand that each habitat is filled with the diversity of life. By asking students to start in their own backyard where they have already seen many different kinds of life, and then asking them to look at that information together, the students discover for themselves how many things live in the forest, and then can tie the term diversity to that understanding.

In this lesson I was able to bring an awareness to students of the diversity of life that they already knew about. They were amazed to discover all the different kinds of plants and animals that they already knew about. Often when 1 child read off an animal that they had thought of, another child would say, "Hey, I could have written that down too. We have them in our woods." 

Students connected prior knowledge to new learning in this lesson.

  Scaffolding New Learning
  Lesson Planning: Scaffolding New Learning
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A Forest Habitat

Unit 5: Where Does It Live?
Lesson 4 of 17

Objective: SWBAT identify different plants and animals that are found in the forests

Big Idea: Students will begin with a familiar habitat to identify the diversity found there

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Science, forest, ecosystem, habitats, survival, rainforest
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