Children’s natural curiosity leads them to explore their environment and the set of experiments and observational experiments here are designed to allow that natural curiosity to be used by the teacher to expand an understanding of how living organisms interact with each other, how they grow and develop, and how we classify (group) organisms for explaining both the natural history of the planet along with the way that organisms interact with each other.
This is a series of 6 different experiments and observational activities that will allow elementary students to explore their natural environment. It will help them to understand the interaction of all organisms. It will allow them to understand how and why classifications of organisms develop and the concept of “tree of life." Along with things like food webs and food chains that allow for understanding of the interaction between various organisms in an area. These are activities that start in the classroom and expand to the home and neighborhood for the student. Where they can expand and explore, think and formulate hypothesis.
While I have listed a month as the duration for this lesson. It is broken into segments and each segment can be used as weekly explorations independent of any of the other segments. Some can be used as independent learning activities and homework projects that allow the students to delve into life science and incorporate several mathematical concepts into real world settings.