Reflection: Student Ownership Fossils Document Changes To Ecosystems - Section 2: Activity


This is the first time that I have required students to use little to no words on their visual aid.  This is something we have been working towards all year.  After 3 or 4 groups presented to the class, I asked them if they found it easier or more difficult to present when no words were on the slide.  Almost all students said it was easier because they could just explain what they did and why they did it (we have been calling this "show what you know").  I asked the audience what they thought of the presentations with no words and their response was quite positive, stating that the visuals were more interesting to look at and that the students spoke as though "they knew what they were talking about because they were not reading the screen" (it was obvious that they learned quite a bit during their research).  Hopefully this will work to reinforce the creation of visual aids that don't function as a script.

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Fossils Document Changes To Ecosystems

Unit 6: Evidence of Common Ancestry
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: SWBAT use fossil evidence as support to describe changes to the ecosystem of a particular region of the US.

Big Idea: Students research some fossil rich areas to determine how the ecosystem in that area has evolved.

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