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Bugging Out

Elementary, Middle

Description

In this activity students use invertebrates they find in a nearby green space to practice making scientific observations and to design and conduct an experiment.

Day One:  Making Observations.

  • Through discussion and instruction students discover what invertebrates are, why invertebrates are important and the role qualitative and quantitative observations play in learning about them
  • Students locate invertebrates in the schoolyard and record as many qualitative and quantitative observations as they can on their study sheets (provided)
  • Students compare their observations and confirm that they have distinguished between the 2 types correctly

Day Two:  Research Design.

  • Through discussion and instruction students learn the necessary elements to include when doing scientific research
  • Students identify possible research questions to investigate from the invertebrate observations they made on day one
  • Students come up with research designs to answer one of these questions

Day Three:  Conducting the Research.

  • Through discussion and instruction students learn what should be included in a scientific report
  • Students carry out their invertebrate experiments according to their research design from day two
  • Students record their questions, methods, results and conclusions on the experiment worksheet (provided)
  • Students meet as a group to share the results of their experiments and review these four key parts of an experimental report.

Emphasis and direction is provided on the safe and humane handling of invertebrates. The resource provides all the necessary background for teachers to support student learning and discussion questions to assess successful completion and understanding of each day’s activities are included.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

Skills related to conducting research in science (observing, recording, analyzing, drawing conclusions) are taught to and practiced by the students.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

In addition to the curriculum connections identified in this review, the focus on how to carry out or 'do' science makes this resource relevant to other courses and programs that introduce students to the nature of scientific investigation.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
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    • Analysing Conventional Science