Reflection: Lesson Planning Charting The Rainforest and Comparing It To Other Habitats - Section 3: Closure


When I plan a lesson, I often have a preconceived notion of what the finished product will look like. I think about what my students know and interpret from there how a next lesson will build upon their previous understanding. I connect the lessons together, knowing that students learn best when we help them see how learning in one area or unit is connected to another.

For this lesson I wanted to connect 2 previous lessons to the current lesson. I wanted to connect their opinion writing from literacy and the study of the woodland and the salt marsh. My goal was for students to bring all that together and to write an "essay" about diversity. Ok.. so my preconceived notion was a little lofty. My students are 8 years old. They were able to bring the information together from the 3 habitats. Many students saw that the animals were particular to a kind of habitat, but that each habitat contained many forms of life and that supports the learning expected in the Next Generation Science Standards. Most students were able to write an introductory sentence such as we did with our opinion writing. Several students remembered to add a closing sentence. 

My expectations were not too high, but the finished product at first glance wasn't what I had envisioned. It was appropriate for second grade. It did show understanding and they did express their ideas clearly. So maybe they weren't essays, but they were good clear second grade writing that expressed scientific understanding.

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Charting The Rainforest and Comparing It To Other Habitats

Unit 5: Where Does It Live?
Lesson 16 of 17

Objective: SWBAT chart the diversity of the rainforest and compare it to the woodland and salt marsh habitats

Big Idea: Students develop an understanding of diversity by comparing a variety of the earth's habitats.

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Science, forest, ecosystem, charts, survival, rainforest, habitats
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