Today the students watched a ppt and had a discussion in their groups about the differences between species, population, community and population.
They did a great job and were able to identify and even argue through to an understanding on which was which.
The rest of the class period was spent finishing up our first biome. We did it in our big group and then went to each individual doing a biome independantly. This will go into our research for our presentations. The students are coming up with a presentation to present to a "committee" that will be choosing species of plants and animals to go into a museum. We as groups are approaching this as a real world situation. They have to do the research. Justify the research and then present the research. It is exciting to see the growth of the students. Sometimes they approach me with a question and then tell me that they don't know how to ask it. So, we practice how to talk to people. It is amazing to see some kids struggle with this but they are doing so much better.
Our timeline is always questionable. We will be losing 1 day to a holiday on Jan 20th, and 2 Fridays that we have to commit to our science fair. I am hoping that 2 days on each biome is do-able. We are definitely going to try. The kids are working hard and are having fun! They are learning new things and teaching me new things daily. There are even some that are being re-affirmed in the fact that they "know" some of this information. After discussions you might hear, "see, I told you". I love it.
Tomorrow we will have a mini lesson on turning an ecosystem into an analogy. They have done this in english so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise... we shall see!
Friday the students will get their first information that will go home to be signed by parents. Please be aware of the paper work as it is very dependent on