A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare the external features of small animals.
Revise the content of the unit so far. Ask the students:
What are living things?
What external features do small animals have?
How might these external features help small animals to survive?
Arrange the students in a seated circle. Place two hula hoops in the middle of the circle to create a Venn diagram on the floor. Add the words ‘ant’, ‘earthworm’ and ‘both’ to the different sections of the Venn diagram.
As a class, compare an ant and an earthworm by looking at what is the same and what is different. On individual sticky notes, write statements such as:
I live underground.
I eat fruit and vegetables.
I have antennae.
I have legs.
Work collaboratively to sort the sticky notes, placing each statement into the correct section of the Venn diagram.
Once the students have finished, discuss the Venn diagram as a class.
Ask the students to consider why living things have different external features. Draw out from the discussion that earthworms have a tube-shaped body to move through the soil, while ants use their six legs to walk and their antennae to smell and touch.
Encourage more capable students to extend their knowledge and understanding by comparing different small animals.
Allow less confident students to complete their Venn diagram in a small group with adult support.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities