Provide the students with a copy of the Making Science Predictions – Worksheet to record their predictions of the experiment. Encourage the students to share their predictions with the rest of the class.
Place the students into pairs. Provide each pair with the equipment required for the experiment.
Display slide 10 and walk through the experiment procedure with the students.
Provide the students with an appropriate amount of time to carry out the experiment with their partner. While the students are building their shelters, ask each pair:
What type of material did you use to build your shelter?
How is your shelter going to protect the UV-sensitive animal from the sun?
Are there any improvements you could make to your shelter?
After the shelters have been built, find a sunny area for the students to leave their experiments.
While waiting for the experiment to take place, watch the Everybody Needs Sheltervideo on YouTube.Ask the students:
Why do living things need shelter?
What would happen if we didn’t have shelter?
Can you name three different types of shelter?
As a class, discuss what might be happening to their shelters and UV-sensitive animals in the sun.
Provide each student with a copy of the Science Observations – Worksheet. Encourage the students to share their observations of the experiment with the class before recording these on their worksheet.
Display slide 11. As a class, discuss the observations from the experiment and how it demonstrated how shelter protects living things from the sun.
Encourage more confident students to share and explain their observations from the experiment.
Allow less confident students to conduct the experiment in a small group with a teacher or teacher aide.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities