22 Oct 2013

Inquiry - Mini-beasts - What are they and why are they important to our world?

This is our science-based inquiry for Term 4 of 2013: I have a sub-question of: Which mini-beasts will be most beneficial to our school garden and how will we attract them to it?

"In all things in nature there is something of the marvellous."
 - Aristotle, a Greek dude from a really long time ago! (384 B.C. - 322 B.C.)

Key understandings: Big ideas/Key concepts:
  • Recognise that there are many living things in the world and they can be grouped in different ways.
  •  Creatures within groups have specific types of features.
  •  Mini-beasts are important parts of the food chain.
  • Mini-beasts have varied habitats.
  • Mini-beasts have important roles in our world’s ecosystems

Core knowledge: Baseline knowledge:
·         There are different types of mini-beasts eg insects, exoskeletons, arachnids, molluscs etc.
·     Mini-beasts live through life cycles.
·     Mini-beasts can be found on land and in water.
·     Mini-beasts have different body features such as legs, body parts, etc and habits eg egg laying, web spinning.
·     Mini-beasts play an important role in Nature’s food chains e.g. pollination, decomposition.

Key Competency:  Me as an e-learner

Skills: Research

Strategies: summarising of info/ideas, presenting of ideas/info

e-learning:  use of Aurasma on ipads, PowerPoint/Explain Everything, Book Creator/My Story, embedding videos into own blogs

Maori integration: Maori names for native insects

Resources: SparkleBox search results       Pinterest search for mini-beast pins

Week 1: First we will spend time immersing ourselves in our prior knowledge 
and building up new knowledge.  
We will identify our Let's Act goal (the beneficial insects for the garden) and keep that in mind as we build up our knowledge:
Flipped? These are the pages for the children to use independently on our classroom blog as they continue to build up their baseline understandings:

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