CENTRAL IDEA: LIVING THINGS CHANGE
Lines of Inquiry:
- Life cycles
- The similarities and differences in life cycles
- Factors that affect living things
- How living things adapt
First we discussed living and non-living things and characteristics that distinguished them.
We then grouped living things using our own criteria to sort them.... feathered, furs, scales,egg-laying, aquatic, zoo animals, farm-animals and many kore categories. We learned that this is called CLASSIFICATION.
Our field trip to Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve was a good way of observing animals and plants native to Singapore. With the help of parent volunteers, we were able to record up to 23 animals at the wetlands. At the Visitor Information Centre we discovered that the wetlands birds and animals were classified in much the same way we had done it in class!
We had many questions at the end of our trip...
How do mudskippers breathe on land?
Where do the monitor lizards lay their eggs?
What do the birds eat?
I wonder where the otters live?
How many babies do otters have?
What is a pack of otters called?
I wonder why these animals live in the wetlands...
How did the animals get to Sungei Buloh?
Why do vultures not have hair on their heads?
Why do crocodiles stare?
Why have people thrown rubbish in the water?
During our Thinking Routine called CHALK TALK, each table group chose one line of inquiry and put down our initial thoughts about it. It was a way of uncovering prior knowledge.
We grew mung beans and wheat grass and observed how they germinate.
Investigation- What do plants need to grow?
Next, we teamed up in pairs and began researching life cycles of different animals. We had learned about finding specific information and note-taking during our Library session with Mrs Grant and wanted to use our knowledge and skills to collect information. We worked on our Research Plan and decided the animal or plant we wanted to research, plan the next step and resources we needed and the medium we would use to present our findings.
In our garden, we observed and recorded the growth different plants. We grew pumpkin and helped the students from the Green Thumb Gardening ECA tend the garden.
Sharing research findings.
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