The Animals Two by Two Module provides students with close and personal interaction with some common land and water animals. The animals and their survival needs are the engaging anchor phenomena. Students study the phenomena by observing and describing the structures of fish, birds, snails, earthworms, and isopods. Appropriate classroom habitats are established for some organisms and students find out what the animals need to live and grow. In four investigations, animals are studied in pairs. Students observe and care for one animal over time, and then they are introduced to another animal similar to the first but with differences in structure and behavior.
During this course, participants will:
- Engage in three-dimensional learning for developing disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts
- Participate as an adult learner to experience investigations and science and engineering content
- Share teaching strategies to support literacy and inquiry-based learning
- Identify the learning goals in the module and how the investigations support the Big Ideas
- Examine assessment opportunities
- Develop notebook as a resource