Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Ain't the arctic cool? - Section 3: Engage


Since my students began the year, they have come to a point where they can read information and connect it to prior learning to draw conclusions. Through their ELA lessons and the science lessons that include ELA strategies during the reading portions have brought the kids to a point where they question, synthesize, question and conclude.

Reading for information and drawing conclusions in content areas is a very powerful tool. Any time you have the opportunity to draw conclusions through reading non-fiction texts, please do your students a favor and take advantage of it. Never underestimate the abilities of the young child's mind to reach your high expectations.

It has been so successful with my students, that they began making connections between content areas and subject matters. In this lesson, my kids started making connections between the arctic habitat and the weather unit we did. It was a great moment for me as a teacher. They talked about how the cold of the arctic was demonstrated when we took the temperatures of a variety of glasses water, one of which was filled with ice.

  Reading for information and making conclusions
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Reading for information and making conclusions
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Ain't the arctic cool?

Unit 6: What's your habitat?
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT identify habitats found in the arctic by matching the animal to their habitat.

Big Idea: Children learn that every animal has a specific habitat.

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Science, habitat
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