Author: Al Janulaw
Overview: In this lesson students take a walk around the school grounds to discover the diversity of life that exists there.
Grade Span: 35
Duplicate one Living Things Recording Sheet (HTML or pdf) for each student.
Walk around the school grounds ahead of time to check out the richest resources.
Time: One class period
Grouping: Solo or pairs
The purpose of this lesson is to bring to students attention that we are always surrounded by many life forms. Typical living things to be found on a schoolground are: various trees, grasses, dandelions, clover, algae, spiders, pill bugs, sow bugs, flies, wasps, beetles, tiny unidentifiable insects, various birds (such as starlings, blackbirds, crows, and gulls), and people. For many living things, a general identity is fine. For example, there are many species of grass and dandelion, but grass and dandelion may be specific enough for this lesson.
Teacher Resources: Tree, flower, insect and bird field guides
Explore this link for additional information on the topics covered in this lesson:
Vocabulary: variety, diverse/diversity
Collect small things from school and home and set up a temporary terrarium of locally found life. It would probably be best to limit the collection to invertebrates and plants.
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