Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Natural vs. Man Made - Further Exploration - Section 3: Review Activity


For this lesson, students needed to classify items as to whether they were from nature or man-made.  This seems like an easy enough task.  Just look at the picture and circle the correct answer.

Well, it was not really that easy for some of my kindergartners.  They did well with something things, but there was some confusion when it came to items that might be handled by humans, even though they are from nature.  For example, several students struggled with the egg.  We buy eggs in the grocery story, so they must be man-made right?  It is easy to understand their logic and thinking, but when I questioned them, asking some guiding questions, they were able to understand that eggs in the shell are from nature.  They had similar difficulty with the picture of the sunflower seeds.

As a teacher, I am really required to crawl inside the minds of my students and help them to work through misconceptions and misunderstandings.  In the future, I will place more emphasis on items that could potentially be confusing for the students such as the eggs, sunflower seeds, thing grown in the garden, etc.  I need to tackle the misconception before the students move out to do the activity.


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Natural vs. Man Made - Further Exploration

Unit 8: Nature and Its Resources
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: Students will be able to determine if an item is from nature or man-made by completing a sort.

Big Idea: Discerning whether an item is from nature or man-made can be a challenging task for kindergartners. This lesson gives them extra practice.

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Science, Science Skills, Social Studies, English Language Learners, questioning strategy, resources, nature
  40 minutes
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