Matter cycles. Matter for growth, maintenance and reproduction in all organisms cycles through the ecosystem and Earth processes. All life needs certain matter in order to stay alive. This includes nitrogen, phosphorus, and water; oxygen for many but not all animals; and carbon dioxide for plants, to name a few kinds of matter.
To understand, through guided visualization (part 1) and hands-on investigations (part 2), how matter cycles through an ecosystem. To gain an understanding of decomposition, a community of forest recyclers, and the critical role decomposers play in the food web and the cycling of matter.
This activity sets an exciting tone of exploration and discovery, encouraging an inquiry mindset in students that helps establish a community of curious, active learners. Students gain tools to explore the natural world—and are inspired to discover and attempt to explain the abundant nature mysteries that surround us. NSI works well at the start of a field experience, to get students excited about nature mysteries.
I created this project during my practicum, and adapted it to both French Immersion 8 and Core French 11. A few years later a colleague adapted it for Spanish 10. I'm uploading it to share with others on behalf of my Professional Specialist Association: the BCATML. Please join us! www.bcatml.org
• recognize known French and cognates in new contexts
• listen to and practise pronunciation of the written word
• group new items into categories that are personally meaningful
• continue to record new vocabulary and phrases
• recognize and use common patterns
• adjust the message in order to use known expressions and vocabulary (presentation)
• use word webbing charts, tables, and other graphic organizers to support oral and written expression
• reflect on learning by recording personal goals, successful strategies, and new vocabulary and phrases
• recognize and use common patterns
• listen, view, or read selectively to focus on key information
• tolerate ambiguity of meaning when unable to understand fully
• transfer and adapt known structures to convey meaning in new contexts
• plan ahead for communicative activities by anticipating language and resources needed
• take risks with the language to extend language boundaries
• use a variety of reference materials, including dictionaries, for comprehension and production
• set personal goals in language skills and monitor their progress
• make personal notes to use as a reference for oral and written productions
• actively review common, useful expressions and patterns to refine communication
• self-monitor and correct recurring or significant errors in communication
• negotiate meaning by using questions in French and other techniques for clarification
• summarize information in oral, graphic, and written form
• use dictionaries, grammars, and other reference materials for clarity of comprehension and expression
• seek out and create practice opportunities in and out of the classroom (IDEA: go to a concert, invite someone to perform, or go on a field trip to present a few songs to younger classes, maybe core french 11 students present to Immersion french 8 students)
Multi-week unit (parts can be adapted for a few lessons)
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