Reflection: Lesson Planning Human Impact on Biodiversity - Section 1: Engage


There are two "E" models - the 5 E, and the 7 E. Both are organized around a constructivist approach to teaching. Students "construct" new thinking on top of what is known, in a step-by-step process.

Engage - student interest is "hooked" with something that activates prior knowledge, and/or anticipates the learning. In my ELL classroom, I often use videos because these provide so much information relatively quickly. The video alone doesn't "teach", so make sure to use the video strategically.

Explore - all students have the same experience, and explore is often done in a collaborative manner. This could be a lab, a demonstration, a reading, a game. 

Explain - here is where students express the "sense" of what they've experienced in the explore section. Discussion, drawing, writing - so long as students are applying their science vocabulary and explanations for concepts, processes, skills, or behaviors.

Elaborate - this is where students extend their learning and/or practice skills learned. Students can deepen their learning by seeking out more information or applications of what they've learned.

Evaluate - this includes students evaluating what they've learned, not just the teacher. Self-assessment/reflection go here along with exit tickets.

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Human Impact on Biodiversity

Unit 8: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain the impact human actions have had on biodiversity and possible ways of reversing this impact.

Big Idea: The relationship between human actions and loss of biodiversity.

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