Reflection: Complex Tasks Charting the Wetland Habitat - Section 4: Compare and Contrast


Comparing and contrasting is a difficult task for second graders. They can tell you what is on their charts, but to be able to make comparisons and conclusions is much more difficult. One student looked at the two charts and said, "we are much smarter now." He did not understand how to look at the marsh and the forest and find similarities and differences. It was necessary for me to ask lots of guiding questions such as, "Can you see any animals that can live in both places?" "Can you see any animals that can not live in one place or the other? Why do you think that is?"

In thinking about the lesson for the future, I might do it whole class and ask the questions and let students discover the answers by looking at the data they have collected. I think that students would learn more about comparing and contrasting with questions, rather than trying it on their own.

  Compare and Contrast
  Complex Tasks: Compare and Contrast
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Charting the Wetland Habitat

Unit 5: Where Does It Live?
Lesson 13 of 17

Objective: SWBAT compare the wetland habitat to the woodland habitat that they already studied

Big Idea: Students will begin to see that some plants and animals can be found in more than 1 habitat.

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Science, compare-and-contrast, forest, ecosystem, reasoning, survival, rainforest, habitats
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