Lesson Plan Template: Learning Cycle (5E Model)
Learning Objectives: What will students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
Evaluate the potential need, benefits and drawbacks of constructing wildlife corridors.
Discuss the costs and benefits of wildlife corridors from different points of view.
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
Students should have an understanding of basic ecological relationships and an understanding of biodiversity and it's importance.
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
What do you know about wildlife corridors?
What do you think are some causes for panther deaths?
How many panthers do you think have been killed on Florida roads this year? last year?
How many panthers are there in Florida?
Engage: What object, event, or questions will the teacher use to trigger the students' curiosity and engage them in the concepts?
Students will post their responses to the guiding questions. As a class, discuss numbers of panthers killed on Florida's roadways in relation to total population numbers. Students will then be asked to think about the following questions:
Why should we care about such numbers?
Why should we care about panthers?
What do you think could be done to reduce Florida panther mortality?
Explore: What will the students do to explore the concepts and skills being developed through the lesson?
Students will then go outside and participate in the "Panther Passage Perils Game". This game demonstrates the danger of panthers crossing roads from both the panther's and driver's perspectives. Students are assigned roles of panthers or different types of vehicles.
Explain: What will the students and teacher do so students have opportunities to clarify their ideas, reach a conclusion or generalization, and communicate what they know to others?
Students will be asked to propose ideas for reducing panther deaths on Florida's roadways. The teacher will discuss and explain wildlife corridors and their role in protecting panthers.
Use the enclosed PowerPoint to present information on building wildlife corridors.
Invite a guest speaker from the Panther Posse or similar to present on the Florida panther and methods of studying and protecting the panther population.
If you are unable to get a professional speaker on the topic, then instead students can go online and research the Florida panther and ways we can reduce panther deaths.
Some possible resources include:
Elaborate: What will the students do to apply their conceptual understanding and skills to solve a problem, make a decision, perform a task, or make sense of new knowledge?
Students will participate in a mock town hall activity.
The students will discuss the costs and benefits of wildlife corridors from different points of view.
To prepare, the different roles/viewpoints will be assigned to student groups. Laptops will be used for research to provide evidence to support views. Provide students with the rubric to review expectations of the project.
Give students at least 1-2 class periods to compile information and to research their role. This will allow students time to organize their arguments, collaborate with one another and prepare materials they will use in their presentation.
After all viewpoints have been presented, the town council members will make the final decision about the construction of wildlife corridors.
The learning targets will be assessed during the "Reflection" portion of the lesson. Student presentations will be assessed using a rubric as well as a peer review form.
The teacher will gather information from student's response to teacher questions. The teacher will modify instruction based on student prior knowledge.
Feedback to Students
Students will get feedback from the teacher during the exploration activity "Panther Passage Perils Game". Teacher will act as moderator during the "Town Hall Activity" and provide guidance during the research portion.