Investigating Living Things Through Science presents ideas and activities that teachers can use to help students find answers to their basic questions about living things.
These answers to basic questions include -- the basis of life, requirements of living things, growth, life-span, reproduction, responses to changes in the environment.
The unit is divided into the following sections, each section with related activities:
1. Investigating the Characteristics and Needs of Plants - Discovering the Nature of Seeds, Investigating Seed Germination, Germinating Seeds in Different Substances, Observing Temperature and Seed Germination, Planting Seeds at Different Depths, Water Passes Into the Roots of Plants, Studying Stems and Leaves, Growing Plants Without Soil, Studying Light and Plant Growth, Oxygen Production During Photosynthesis, Studying Conditions Necessary for the Growth of Bread Mold, Observing the Growth of Bacteria, Observing the Growth of Yeast, Determining How Mushrooms Live and Reproduce.
2. Investigating the Characteristics and Needs or Animals - Observing and Identifying Birds, Hatching Frog Eggs, Observing Hamsters, Hatching Chicken Eggs, Breeding and Raising Fruit Flies, Observing an Ant Colony.
3. Investigating Adaptations of Living Things - Observing Migrating Birds, Studying Animals that Hibernate, Observing Colors in Animals, Observing Color Changes in the Anole (American Chameleon), Observing a Perennial Plant, Observing a Tree for Evidence Of Seasonal Change, Observing the Effects of Gravity On Plants (Geotropism), Observing How Plants Respond to Light (Phototropism), Observing That Roots Grow Toward Water (Hydrotropism), How Exposure To Light and Darkness Affects Flowering (Photoperiodism), Observing the Life Cycle of the Mosquito (Metamorphosis), Observing the Life Activities and Regeneration In Hydra, Studying Highly Specialized Kinds of Interdependency.
4. Investigating Living Things Through Field Trips - Visiting a Biome, Visiting the Zoo, Visiting a Field, Visiting a Pond, Visiting a Botanical Garden, Visiting an Aquarium.