Reflection: Advanced Students Vanishing Vaquita in the Sea of Cortez - Section 2: Explore


There are many ways to extend or differentiate this lesson for students who need enrichment or are highly motivated.  Those two qualities can be very different but I believe in the importance of both teaching students at the appropriate level (thus the need to challenge the gifted child) and providing opportunities for strongly motivated students who truly want to do more and push themselves further.  It is also important to accommodate for individual interests and curiosity.  

This lesson, with is's sharp focus on a critically endangered species that will in all likelihood vanish from the earth in less than a decade, can pull on the heartstrings of certain children.  In that case, I let them take the topic and run with it in their own way.  If a student wants to purse this for several lessons, I can tie their project into the skills they need to be learning and let them work independent from what I may have planned for the rest of the class.  

For example, I have had some students interested in developing a brochure about vaquita that they could hand out to people when they visit their families in Mexico.  We are only an hour from the border, so more than half of my class is familiar with the ocean that is the southernmost end of the vaquita's range.  Other students wanted to find videos that were good for students and were interested in the idea of creating one themselves.  

  Enrichment and Extension
  Advanced Students: Enrichment and Extension
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Vanishing Vaquita in the Sea of Cortez

Unit 13: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to explain that an animal with very specific environmental needs will have more difficulty adapting to a changing environment.

Big Idea: Animals that aren't adaptable are less likely to survive changes in their environment.

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Science, Gulf of California, Sea of Cortez, vaquita, Mexican marina, critically endangered, adaptation, animal
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