Reflection: Lesson Planning A Wetland Marsh Habitat/Part II - Section 2: Demonstrating Interdependence


In this lesson I could have told students what a food web was. I could also have told them how the animals are dependent on one another in a diverse habitat, but I chose not to do either one. I wanted students to discover the food web. They had some trouble verbalizing the difference between a web and a food chain, but using the visual they created, they saw the difference clearly. 

When I removed the mummichug (the tiny fish) from the mural and then went back along the connecting line to all of the things that ate the mummichug, students realized that the diverse population of the salt marsh had to rely on one another. They were not happen when their animal was eaten or removed, but they understood the reason why it happened.

Discovery is an important aspect of science. Children who are told may not remember, but children who figure it out, have connected the material to their own understanding and therefore, they will be much more likely to retain that learning.

  Discovering Rather Than Telling
  Lesson Planning: Discovering Rather Than Telling
Loading resource...

A Wetland Marsh Habitat/Part II

Unit 5: Where Does It Live?
Lesson 10 of 17

Objective: SWBAT use their research to create a food web and reflect upon the diversity of life in the marsh

Big Idea: The interconnectedness of a food web points to the diversity of life and the interdependency of plants and animals on one another

  Print Lesson
5 teachers like this lesson
Science, forest, ecosystem, survival, rainforest, habitats
  50 minutes
Similar Lessons
Life Cycle of a Butterfly - First Observations
2nd Grade Science » Unit 2 - The World of Little Critters - Insects
Big Idea: All creatures go through the life cycle change, understanding the cycle and sequence of those changes is critical to the survival of the species.
East Wenatchee, WA
Environment: Suburban
Veronique Paquette
Describe a Plant-Revise and Peer Edit
2nd Grade Science » Plants
Big Idea: Get ready to revise and peer edit our first draft about the parts of a plant !!
Memphis, TN
Environment: Urban
Melissa Collins
A Milkweed Community
2nd Grade Science » Pollination and Seed Dispersal
Big Idea: A milkweed plant supports a variety plants and animals. It's like it own little community. How do they depend on each other? Let's find out!
Ringwood, IL
Environment: Rural
Jeri Faber
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload