Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Macros in our Stream System - Section 2: Independent Practice


Much like toddlers engage in parallel play, fourth graders often engage in macroinvertebrate idenitfication activities next to, but not with, each other. A major challenge in this lesson is encouraging students to work collaboraively as the idenitfy macroinvertebrates. To guide this process, as I visit studnt groups, I ask them to stop what they are doing and focus on one particular item or macroinvertebrate. As students pause and focus on one thing, they are naturally drawn into a situation where teamwork is reqiured and helps them succeed. I ask questions of each group members and encourage them to share their thinking with one another, instead of me. Once I see that students in a group are working together, I move on to the next student group.

  Encouraging Teamwork
  Student Led Inquiry: Encouraging Teamwork
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Macros in our Stream System

Unit 5: Macroinvertebrates
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT identify various species of macroinvertebrates and classify them by pollution tolerance.

Big Idea: Students will make judgments about water quality based on the macroinvertebrate species they identify.

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Science, Environmental Education, observations, insects, Streams, benthic macroinvertebrates
  60 minutes
benthic macros
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