Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Stability of the Forest Ecosystem - Section 4: Making Comparisons


The task of comparing pictures of different seasons to look for things that are similar or different was more difficult for students than I expected it to be. My thoughts were that they would quickly see the similarities and differences of the woodland habitat in the different seasons, however when the students began the task, they had trouble going beyond the details in the exact picture. 

I realized that they didn't understand that they were not just comparing the pictures, but that the pictures were representative of certain aspects of the forest in the 4 seasons. 

I had to stop the lesson at midpoint and talk to the group. I asked students to look at the pictures and think about them not as single pictures of all of the forest, but to think more generally about what they represent, so in the fall when the animals are holding acorns what does that suggest about animals in the fall? In winter when the rabbit is white and there are few other animals what does that mean about what animals need to do in the winter? 

We talked as a class about the general suggestions of the pictures and then I asked them to go back to their task. This time the students began to generalize from the pictures.

  Adapting The Lesson To Student Needs
  Adjustments to Practice: Adapting The Lesson To Student Needs
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Stability of the Forest Ecosystem

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

Objective: SWBAT describe changes that seasons can have on the forest ecosystem

Big Idea: Any habitat can undergo changes as a result of seasons, natural disasters or the influence of man. These habitats maintain some stability throughout these changes.

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Science, ecosystem, forest, stability, change, survival, rainforest, habitats
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