Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge What Kind of Turtle are You? - Section 2: Engage


I try to make sure my lessons always connect back and scaffold to other lessons or units that I have previously taught.  I believe it is very important for the students to see that science learning and concepts are not separate ideas.  Everything in the world is connected.  I believe that when the lessons spiral and continue to relate back to previous learning, it demonstrates for the students how deeply embedded science learning is in their everyday lives and the world around them.  

For this reason, I am always modeling how those connections are related.  When you are seven and eight-years-old, making those connections are not always easy.  Especially, when you may have a language or learning barrier. Carefully, laying out the lessons and teaching them in such a way as to constantly be making those connections, both verbally and physically is so important. 

  Scaffolding the Units
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Scaffolding the Units
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What Kind of Turtle are You?

Unit 7: Unit 7 - Wetlands, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between sea turtles, freshwater turtles and land turtles.

Big Idea: Animals that live in one ecosystem can easily find themselves in another. This lesson helps students see how one species can adapt to live in various environments.

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Science, rivers, engineer, water
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