The students in my classroom come from greatly varying socioeconomic backgrounds. Many of my students are English Language Learners or receive services under an IEP or 504 plan. I am proud to work at a school where students of all backgrounds come together to learn, and my goal is to give each student equal footing by giving each student what he or she needs to succeed. Having a classroom filled with enriching instructional resources will excite and inspire my students; many of whom are striving for STEM careers or to become scientifically literate citizens.
7th graders embark on what can be a sensitive topic at the end of the year: the human reproductive system! Since many students have studied butterfly life cycles in elementary school, these creatures will help remind them and normalize the biological functions they learn about during our reproductive unit.
Students will use the larva as the founding population of their butterfly colony and aim to breed a successive generation in order to study concepts of cellular division, growth, and reproduction.
Supplies such as the larva, sugar, sponges, gloves, and feeding station will help with breeding. Highlighters, chart paper, and pen cups will be given to groups for use in literacy strategies that help students jigsaw and collaborate on written content that connects to the butterflies regarding cell division, reproduction, and life cycles.
Students will draw connections, comparisons, and contrasts between human physiology/life cycles to that of our butterflies and discuss what happens on a cellular level throughout a life cycle including development, maturation, and reproduction.
These butterflies will also enhance their connection to the environment as they reflect on the spring season and why so many animals are able to utilize this season for the reproductive stage in the life cycle.
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