Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Ocean Zones - Section 3: Day 6: Explain


Two of the things students really struggle with in this section is not knowing the names of the animals and not knowing if their hypotheses are correct. I have found that the unknown in these cases make the students feel uncomfortable.

In order to really get into the mind of a scientist it is imperative that they NOT know these answers. I like to explain to the kids that if they were actually in the field and these animals washed up, they would not know the name, especially if they've never seen these animals before. They would know just as much as a scientist as they do right now as a student. By nature, kids want to know if their answer is "right". I am really trying to steer them away from this school of thought, as scientists often do not have the right or wrong answer right in front of them.

Keep encouraging them to make their observations and apply their knowledge of the ocean zones to what they observe about each animal. And let them know that close guesses are often just as good as right answers, as well as the fact that there may be more than one right answer. This will encourage them to keep forging ahead with their research!

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  Student Led Inquiry: Animal Identification
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Ocean Zones

Unit 6: Oceanography
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT research the attributes of each ocean zone to find the origin of a mysterious ocean animal and create a diagram of the ocean and its zones.

Big Idea: The ocean is a complex ecosystem, differing greatly as you travel deeper into the water. Learn about the many characteristics of each layer of the ocean, from the surface to the floor.

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