Sample Lesson Plan: Tortoise Terrain
To emphasize the importance of a good lesson plan, here is a direct quote from a PRM student leading outdoor groups at NOLS
"I also found out that I really need to work on my lesson planning and that it is important to have a plan and outcome for each lesson. I flopped on a few of my lessons and I do not believe that the students got what they needed from it. I will now plan for most of my lessons and have a written itinerary for each one."
Sample Lesson Plan:
|Name of Lesson: Tortoise Terrain|
|Overview: In this lesson, students learn
about the biodiversity of the Mohave Desert, focusing on the desert
Level: 6th Grade
Time: 45 minutes
References for Lesson:
1. Make a collection of pictures and photos pertaining to this lesson plan, i.e. desert tortoise, Hoover Dam, desert landscape, and construction zones.
Doing the Activity
2. Make sure the students understand species and ask them to identify some of them from the area and have them list several on their work sheets. Make sure the desert tortoise ends up on that list. Use this opportunity to make the following points
3. Explain what a biome is, and the biome type in the Las Vegas area. Also, explain how ecosystems are communities of living organisms inside biomes" Have the students record the biome type of the area and some of its characteristics on their note sheets.
4. Ask the students to think up some ways that
ecosystems are being destroyed in the Las Vegas area and have them list
5. Tie the whole lesson together by relating it to the
Nevada state reptile. the desert tortoise. Make sure the heart of the
lesson is related including the threat of the loss of habitat, and what
it means if the tortoise disappears. Have the students record this on
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