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    Life Science - Kindergarten - Animals 2x2

    Overview

    In the Animals 2 by 2 unit students are provided with experiences with a number of animals that look and act quite unlike the barnyard model and heighten their awareness of the structure and behavior of animals. They experience four pairs of similar organisms: Fish (Goldfish and Guppies), Snails (Land Snails and Aquatic Snails), Worms (Little Redworms and Big Night-crawlers) and Isopods (Pill Bugs and Sow Bugs). They are challenged to compare the similarities and differences of each pair. Through these observations, children learn that all of these organisms are animals, what animals need to survive and the relationship between their needs and where they live. The performance expectations in kindergarten help students formulate answers to questions such as: “Where do animals live and why do they live there?” Students are also expected to develop understanding of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive and the relationship between their needs and where they live.

     

    Planning for Engagement

    Planning for engagement with important science ideas 

    Background information about the unit, and what children think about the ideas need to understand an interesting phenomenon or anchoring event.

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    Eliciting Student Ideas

    Eliciting students' ideas

    Revealing the range of resources that students use to reason about a set of science ideas (working theories, everyday experiences, language), Activating their prior knowledge about the topic, and helping you to adapt upcoming instruction, based on how students reason about the anchoring event.  

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    Supporting Changes in Thinking

    Supporting ongoing changes in student thinking

    Providing experiences and guiding their explorations. The purpose is to help students develop new ideas to use in revising explanations and models for the anchoring phenomena. 

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    Pressing for Evidence-Based Explanations

    Pressing for Evidence-Based Explanations

    Providing experiences and guiding their explorations. The purpose is to help students develop new ideas to use in revising explanations and models for the anchoring phenomena. 

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