Reflection: Student Ownership Adapting to the Rainforest - Section 5: Sharing Our Shows


All teachers are guilty at one time or another of just marching ahead with the lesson plans, regardless of student interests. Sometimes we need to stop and listen to what our students are saying. When they are asking to make more rainforest pictures, to research more animals, to find more books, it is time for me to listen.

I looked at my lesson plans, and I also looked at what students were interested in and I realized that I needed to stop and let them spend more time with the rainforest. They decided they wanted to create a large mural of the rainforest and put their puppets in the correct layers. They also wanted to know how tall 165 feet really was, so we measured out the layers on the ground. 

Students wanted to find out more about the rainforest animals, so I gathered books and additional videos to share with them. I found a 30 minute Youtube video about the rainforest that gave many more details than the ones we had discussed.

Take the time to listen to student interests and when their interests are sparked by something, stop, and decide if you really have to run with the lesson plans as written, or if you can slow down, and let your students be excited about their own learning for a little while.


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Adapting to the Rainforest

Unit 5: Where Does It Live?
Lesson 15 of 17

Objective: SWBAT choose an animal and portray their adaptation to the rainforest

Big Idea: Animals develop different adaptations to survive in their habitat. Students will act out those adaptations for one another.

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Science, forest, ecosystem, drawing conclusions, video, art connection, survival, rainforest, habitats
  100 minutes
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