What do you already know?

At the beginning of a unit we pre-assess students of content knowledge. In our new unit based on the transdisciplinary theme of “Sharing the Planet”, I got the students to watch this short clip of many different animals in their natural habitats. The student and I created a very rough mind map of what they already know, or at least think they already know, and what they would like to know. As time became short this second half of the discussion will have to wait for tomorrow but I was actually really impressed with their poor knowledge of the topic. Here is our very rough mind map.