We are starting a new Inquiry Unit on Animals and we are in the "Immersion phase" of the inquiry circle. Which means, I am inviting curiosity, teaching background knowledge, and inviting students to wonder about different animals.
One of the things that I want my students to include in their Inquiry learning is what their animals habitat is. I also wanted to introduce them to a new graphic organizer called the RAN strategy, which stands for Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction.
A RAN chart is a lot like a KWL chart. However, the students start with prior knowledge then after reading or watching something about the topic they move their sticky to a new column based on if their information was right or if it was a misconception. The chart also still contains a New learning column as well as a Wonderings column.
I took a screen shot of part of a RAN chart and used it as the background to the padlet wall. See what a padlet wall is here. I then chirped the url of the padlet to the students iPads and had them fill in what they thought the word habitat meant. See what chirp is here.
We then watched the following habitat video and I had students fill in the the New Learning column.
After we watched the video clip we went back to the What I think I know column and moved those notes to either the Confirmed or the Misconception column. Here is what our padlet wall looks like now: