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Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Digging Up Details on Worms: Using the Language of Science in an Inquiry Study

Subject Area

Science

Grade(s)

K

Overview

Foregrounding scientific vocabulary, these integrated lesson plans invite students to research worms in order to create a classroom habitat. Students are first introduced to inquiry notebooks and then use them to record what they already know about worms. Next, students observe the cover of a fiction book about worms and make a hypothesis on whether the book is fact or fiction, and then check their hypotheses after the book is read aloud. Next, after an introduction to related scientific words such as hypothesis, habitat, attribute, predator, and prey, students conduct and record research and findings in their inquiry notebooks. Once they have gathered the necessary information, students plan and build a worm habitat, which becomes the springboard for further scientific exploration, observation, and experimentation.

    Science (2015) Grade(s): KG

    Construct a model of a natural habitat (e.g., terrarium, ant farm, diorama) conducive to meeting the needs of plants and animals native to Alabama.

    Unpacked Content

    Unpacked Content

    UP:SC15.K.5

    Vocabulary

    • Construct
    • Model
    • Natural
    • Habitat
    • Conducive
    • Needs
    • Plants
    • Animals
    • Native
    • Alabama

    Knowledge

    Students know:
    • Needs of plants and animals native to Alabama.
    • How to construct a model of a natural habitat and can identify and describe the components of the model
    • Places where the different plants and animals live.
    • The relationship between where plants and animals live and the resources those places provide

    Skills

    Students are able to:
    • Construct a model of interactions that occur in a natural habitat.
    • Use a model to represent and describe the relationships between the components.

    Understanding

    Students understand that:
    • Systems in the natural environments of Alabama have parts that work together and can be represented.

    Scientific and Engineering Practices

    Developing and Using Models

    Crosscutting Concepts

    Systems and System Models
    Participate in the construction and/or care of a model habitat of plants and animals native to Alabama.

    Unpacked Content

    Unpacked Content

    UP:SC15.K.5

    Vocabulary

    • Construct
    • Model
    • Natural
    • Habitat
    • Conducive
    • Needs
    • Plants
    • Animals
    • Native
    • Alabama

    Knowledge

    Students know:
    • Needs of plants and animals native to Alabama.
    • How to construct a model of a natural habitat and can identify and describe the components of the model
    • Places where the different plants and animals live.
    • The relationship between where plants and animals live and the resources those places provide

    Skills

    Students are able to:
    • Construct a model of interactions that occur in a natural habitat.
    • Use a model to represent and describe the relationships between the components.

    Understanding

    Students understand that:
    • Systems in the natural environments of Alabama have parts that work together and can be represented.

    Scientific and Engineering Practices

    Developing and Using Models

    Crosscutting Concepts

    Systems and System Models
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