Students investigate invertebrates. They begin by reviewing their prior knowledge of invertebrates before classifying a range of animals as either invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as looking at the features and needs of these animals. Students then head outside and work in pairs to observe and draw an invertebrate in the schoolyard before finding out why invertebrates are important and how they can create habitats for them in the schoolyard.
- understand what invertebrates are
- recognise some of the differences between invertebrates and vertebrates
- understand why invertebrates are important.
- explain the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates
- observe and draw invertebrates
- plan and create invertebrate habitats
- participate in class and group discussions
- work collaboratively and independently.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 Science:
- Compare characteristics of living and non-living things and examine the differences between the life cycles of plants and animals (AC9S3U01)
- Use provided scaffolds to plan and conduct investigations to answer questions or test predictions, including identifying the elements of fair tests, and considering the safe use of materials and equipment (AC9S3I02)
- Write and create texts to communicate findings and ideas for identified purposes and audiences, using scientific vocabulary and digital tools as appropriate (ACSIS060)
Year 4 Science:
- Explain the roles and interactions of consumers, producers and decomposers within a habitat and how food chains represent feeding relationships (ACSSU073)
- Use provided scaffolds to plan and conduct investigations to answer questions or test predictions, including identifying the elements of fair tests, and considering the safe use of materials and equipment (ACSIS065)
- Write and create texts to communicate findings and ideas for identified purposes and audiences, using scientific vocabulary and digital tools as appropriate (ACSIS071)
Syllabus outcomes: ST2-10LW, ST2-4WS, ST2-11LW
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Year 3 achievement standards: Students group living things based on observable features and distinguish them from non-living things, and they use diagrams and other representations to communicate their ideas.
Relevant parts of Year 4 achievement standards: Students describe relationships that assist the survival of living things. They use formal and informal ways to communicate their observations and findings.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: Investigating Invertebrates – Lower Primary
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
Time required: 130 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee class discussions, lead students in invertebrate observation activity and in creating invertebrate habitats
This is an original Cool+ lesson.