Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Hibernation: When do you go to sleep? - Section 6: Evaluate


I created this probe based on released scenarios from the Washington State Science Assessments.  In Washington students do not take a formal science assessment until Fifth Grade. Our state is in a transition plan to move slowly to the Smarter Balanced Science assessment, but it is still several years away and the current testing situation is still in use. 

Because it is really the responsibility of all the earlier grades to prepare the students for the assessment. I thought it would be a good idea to look at those scenarios and begin to pull small elements into my teaching and assessing.  

I took a question that is much longer and has more expectations for a fifth grade student and adapted it for my students. I pulled just the element of a short answer comparison from a systems question.  

I felt that with all the practice of comparing and contrasting we had done during the school year in so many of our curriculum areas, the children would be able to attempt to do this.  

What I discovered was they could do it.  It was not easy and I found that the flaw in my plan was to begin with the similarities first. After about five minutes of struggle, I suggested to the children that they move to the differences first and then go back to the similarities.  

When we did this, it was much easier for the children to complete the task.  Which also gave me some really valuable information about how to help prepare my students for the future science learning.  I will need to go back and alter the probe so that it is similarities first and then differences. 

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Hibernation: When do you go to sleep?

Unit 7: Unit 7 - Wetlands, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT explore the different types of hibernation and associate correct animals with their specific type of hibernation.

Big Idea: Hibernation is a misunderstood adaption of animals. Not all hibernation is the same and not all animals hibernate the same way. This lesson allows students to explore the different types of hibernation.

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