Looking for something fun and fresh that'll engage your kids? Also, wanting something you can implement into other parts of your day to ensure for optimal learning? You have found it!! I've been teaching this unit for six years and it's a favorite each time! I am so excited to finally share it with you!
This unit has three parts:
-The living and nonliving direct instruction
-Basic needs and environment informational readers and activities
-A worm research project to tie it all together and allow students to use their new learning!
The best way to see what's included is to look at the preview. This is about a 2-3 week unit if you decide to use every piece. This unit can also be broken up to use at different parts of the year. It's completely flexible to fit your classroom!
This is not your typical living/nonliving science unit. This unit follows a very specific format to allow your students to explore, engage and collaborate. This unit was designed to be followed in the order in which I have laid out. Begin by teaching living and non-living, move into the basic needs, then environment. After students have that knowledge, they are then ready to apply that to an engaging study of worms (earthworms). Students use their prior knowledge to help sift through important information during their research project. The research project is guided by you and then allows for you to set the students free. This research project encourages students to meet the learning targets that are stated on each learning target card. You will want to to use the learning target cards throughout your study to help guide discussion and research. This is my favorite unit of all time! Have fun!!