What can you see in the classroom that is not alive?
Explain to the students that there are living things all around us. Encourage the students to suggest some other living things that they know.
Arrange the students in a seated circle. Place two hula hoops of different colors in the center of the circle. As a class, complete the Living and Non-Living Sorting Activityby looking at each image and sorting them into different hula hoops.
Explain to the students that they are going to be learning about small animals that live in the playground or garden. Encourage the students to suggest the types of small animals that they might find in the playground.
On the board, demonstrate how to create a mind map of pictures and key words around the central statement: Small animals live in our playground.
Provide the students with a copy of the Mind Map Graphic Organiser. Encourage the students to create a mind map to show their ideas about the types of small animals that they might find in the playground. Monitor and support the students as they complete the task.
Once the students have finished, encourage confident students to share their mind maps with the class. As the students are sharing their ideas, discuss where in the playground each small animal might live e.g. under rocks, underground, in flower beds.
Revise the content of the lesson by playing a game of ‘Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down’. Ask the students whether or not they think a certain thing is alive e.g. Is a flower alive? If they think the answer is yes, they make a ‘thumbs-up’ sign. If they think the answer is no, they make a ‘thumbs-down’ sign. If they are unsure, they put their thumb out to the side.
Encourage more capable students to add more detail and written content on their mind maps.
Allow less confident students to complete their mind maps in a small group with adult support.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities