When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir
Looking at Living is a two-hour incursion that provides students with the opportunity to consolidate their learning about grouping living, non-living and once living things before extending their knowledge about grouping by investigating samples from a local creek.
Following an introduction to grouping according to observable features and behaviours, students are divided into two groups. The first group look at the seven questions that can tell us whether a thing is living, non-living or once living before applying this knowledge to an investigation into a natural area within the school. Scientific sketches of examples of each are made in the field.
Meanwhile, the second group begin an investigation of a creek sample which our staff will bring to the school. Charts are used to identify macro invertebrates within the sample before they are classified according to their sensitivity. Findings are recorded in a bar graph to enable students to assess the quality of water in the creek by looking at the range of macro invertebrates present in the sample.
Students reflect on the importance of healthy habitats to living things and the negative impact that humans can have on these. This provides the basis for a reflective discussion about what each of us can do to protect our local habitats.
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
Science as a human endeavour
Nature and development of science
- Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050)
Science inquiry skills
Questioning and predicting
- With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053)
Processing and analysing data and information
- Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS057)
- Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS215)
Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment - Year 3 - looking at living (PDF, 604KB)
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