Lesson Plan: Roscavey PS Date: Year: Lesson No: 1 Curriculum/Syllabus Area: Living things in our school grounds Lesson Title/Topic: Woodlice – Investigating the Habitat of Woodlice Duration: Children have a vague familiarity with woodlice better known to them as ‘slaters’. Learning Intentions: Children will have a better understanding of the term ‘habitat in relation to woodlice’ Children will design four different habitats using four variables – Light, Dark, Damp, Dry Children will design and make a choice box Children will appreciate the need for ‘fair – testing’ Children will use skills of prediction, observation, deduction, designing, construction, fair-testing, recording, knowledge: Woodlice are Crustaceans. How will you know if pupils have achieved the learning outcomes? Activity Introduction About 30 woodlice will be introduced to the ‘choice’ area and left undisturbed for two hours. A count will be made of the numbers choosing each habitat. The test will be repeated three times and the results will be recorded in a table. Success Criteria A ‘choice’ box will be constructed offering woodlice the choice of four distinct habitats. The fair testing will give a strong indication of preferred habitat. Children will compare the result with the habitat present in the school grounds Resources Shoeboxes Tape School grounds Woodlice Books Internet Digital Camera Microscope Development Fair Test Consideration: Access holes to choice areas to be the same size Same type of material in each compartment Keep the ‘choice’ box in same location for light and temperature Follow-up research on woodlice using book and ICT resources. Activities Discussion on meaning of habitat Children will devise four distinct habitats using four variables – Light, dark, dry damp, light and dry, light and damp, dark and dry, dark and damp. Children design and make a ‘choice box’ which allows woodlice to choose a habitat. Connected Learning ICT children will use the digital camera as part of recording and display (powerpoint) Children will use the digital microscope to observe woodlice. Children will record results in a table. Conclusion Health and Safety Washing of hands after handling of woodlice Return woodlice to their natural habitat. Lesson Plan Date: Year: Lesson No: 2 Curriculum/Syllabus Area: Living things in our school Lesson title/topic: What is Growing on the trees? Duration: Children have observed organisms growing on trees in the school grounds (algae, lichens, moss, fungai, ivy) Learning Intentions Children will be able to identify a variety of organisms growing on the trees. Children will appreciate the interdependence of plants Children will have some understanding of the symbiotic relationship between algae and lichens. Children will investigate the conjecture that most algae grows on the north facing side of tree trunks. Children will know that lots of lichens indicate clear air. How will you know if pupils have achieved the learning outcomes? Activity Introduction Success criteria Children will confidently identify five plant types growing on the trees. Resources School grounds Digital Camera Microscope Development Activities An initial walk through the grounds to observe what is growing on the trees, where the different organisms occur, their colours, size etc and root systems. Use of questioning to establish what the children know. Children are given the names, algae, lichen, fungi, moss, ivy and use books/ICT to research these and to recall if they saw any during the walk Re-walk, this time using knowledge gained to identify the organisms. Children will attempt to explain the location and uneven occurrence of organisms on the tree (ivy) Children should identify that mosses, algae and lichen occur on areas of the tree that are wettest eg trunk, where branches fork, on top surfaces of horizontal branches. Children will identify that lichens are not green and always occur with algae. It will be explained that algae make food (chlorophyll) for the lichens. Children will observe that fungi grow on dead parts of the tree. Children will record observations by annotating photographs. Children will examine algae and lichens using digital microscope. Connected Learning Use digital camera Use of internet for research Recording of observation/conclusions Conclusion Health and Safety No climbing of trees because of danger of falling of being stuck at height.