Lesson Title: Search for Life on Other Worlds -- Observing and Classifying Life
These activities will challenge students to make observations regarding the physical traits of living things with the intent to classify them through comparisons and contrasts. These traits will then be evaluated to presume the benefits they might afford a creature living in one habitat or another.
• Classify animals.
• Understand the benefits of stereoscopic vision.
• Demonstrate their ability to make accurate and detailed observations.
• Describe their observations in written form.
• Draw and identify an unknown using a written description about the unknown.
• Use various types of equipment and tools to aid in making observations.
• Assess other students descriptions for accuracy.
Lesson Activities and Sequence
- Animal Antics
Student teams will be creating and using a classification chart to separate small cards with animal pictures into the respective animal classification groups. Each group will be awarded points by the teacher for the correct classification and placement of the animal cards.
Keywords: classification chart
- Are Two Eyes Better Than One?
Students will conduct simple activities that reinforce the benefits animals with two stereoscopic eyes enjoy.
Keywords: stereoscopic vision
- Creature Feature
This activity is made up of four parts.
The "Truth is Out There" is an activity that challenges the students to use appropriate descriptive language in a scientific observation.
The "Who Knows?" activity provides the opportunity for one student to draw a creature being described by another student.
"Tell it Like it is!" encourages the proper use of scientific instruments in collecting detailed data in an observation.
The "Truth Revealed" is the assessment phase of the activity that looks specifically at the completeness of the student observations.
Keywords: accurate descriptive scientific observation
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science as Inquiry
• Understanding of the nature of science.
• Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
• Characteristics of organisms.
• Organisms and environments.