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Students will explore and discuss how various living and non-living organisms help and react to one another other, especially if they were placed in a small environment.
Prior to this activity, the teacher should instruct and give opportunities for the students to recognize what makes a living organism. An understanding of an environment, on the part of the student, is also expected. Questions such as: What are the characteristics of an organism? 1) Does it breathe? 2) Does it eat? 3) Does it move? 4) Does it reproduce? should have been discussed.
1. Use science process and thinking skills.
Invitation to Learn
Ask: What if you could shrink a pond into a bowl, what kinds of items would you need to have in order for those living things in the pond to survive?
What if you could shrink a forest into a glass box, what kinds of items would you need to have for the forest creatures to survive?
Curriculum Extensions/Adaptations/ Integration
Newton, L.D. (June 2002). Questions that help children understand Elementary Science. Investigating, Volume 18.2, pp. 6-9.
Teachers want to help every child understand science however; do teachers ask the right questions that can guide a student to comprehension? Questions about science need to be presented to assist a student to achieve this goal. Asking the right question at the right time can help a student make a mental connection. A carefully tailored question can be an effective tool.