Reflection: Lesson Planning The Zoo - Under Construction - Section 2: Design Your Zoo


Why are models in Science useful and important?

The NGSS Science and Engineering Practice #2 states that models represent a system under study. As my students study the characteristics of living things, I want them to understand how a model could be useful to this learning.

Models provide an environment for interactive student engagement, which leads to significant learning gains. Models enhance thinking and allow students to see things that would otherwise be too large and/or too costly to build. The knowledge gained when using models can transfer to other situations and/or learning areas.

By developing a model of a zoo, students could:

  • evaluate the limitations of this model.
  • modify or redesign their model during their work.
  • revise their zoo model to show relationships among variables. To show these relationships, my students stated that they grouped their zoo animals: by their natural habitats, by their natural characteristics, by their habitats and what they eat, and by the type of species and their similarities.


Useful to the learning and important to my students! Models help develop critical thinking skills.

  SP2 Developing and Using Models
  Lesson Planning: SP2 Developing and Using Models
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The Zoo - Under Construction

Unit 4: Pond Study: Plant & Animal Cells
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT sort living things into groups based on their structure and function.

Big Idea: Develop a way to organize the animals in a zoo more systematically. Use evidence to support your argument, then create your own map of The Zoo!

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Science, plants, animal cells, plant cells, classification, evidence, argument, animal
  40 minutes
under construction by imrui
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