Reflection: Flexibility Fox and Quail - Section 5: Reflect and Connect


I really wanted to tag this reflection as "Taking Risks in Instruction." This standard had me stumped! Drawings or physical models, like the eye model, were not appropriate for the learning levels of my students and I thought that would be boring. This is a very complicated idea in the mind of a ten year old. The research and game were perfect! I really felt like I didn't know what I was doing at first when I could see the first two rounds deviating from the lesson. But it is this teacher experience that leads to great lessons. 

I realized that this process of letting them run around, scream, be kids and play the game without the depth in those two rounds was perfect! Their learning may not have been as successful if it was done with just animal voices from the start. I recommend that you follow this plan exactly and make that adjustment at the third round.

They didn't want to stop the game after that. I heard over and over again about how much they liked it and how much fun it was. 

Science modeling at its best!

  Flexibility: Risk Taking and Learning from Flexibility
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Fox and Quail

Unit 7: Animals: Structures and Processess
Lesson 11 of 13

Objective: Students demonstrate how specialized structures of animals help them survive.

Big Idea: In this great outdoor game, students play the role of animals as they model a predator prey situation and then reflect and connect on their learning.

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Science, Outdoor activity, Role Play, adaptation, predator prey, structures, adaptations of animals, animal
  60 minutes
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