This guided reading/case study is intended to highlight some of the research of Karin Pfennig’s lab at UNC-CH that can be used to help teach and reinforce 6th grade science concepts.
Suggestions for Use:
Timing/Pacing: Approximately 25-45 minutes including discussion; to be used as an extension after Key Ideas have been taught.
Discussion: Have students share their ideas with a partner for the “Before You Read” section, then compile a class list so that all students start with some background knowledge. You can read each section as a class and discuss major topics after each “Stop & Jot,” or you can have students read independently and review as a class.
Optional Prequel/Extension: Depending on your students’ familiarity with the life cycles of frogs/toads, you may want to show a short video or explain a diagram to affirm their understanding of “metamorphose.”