Central Idea: By taking care of living things we learn to respect the world around us.
Lines of inquiry:
- Living things and non-living things (Form and Function)
-Taking care of living things (Responsibility)
We've started our unit on taking care of living things and to get the children thinking about living things, we watched two brainpop junior videos on plants and animals. We then had a sharing session to find out what children know about living things and non-living things. Most of our students shared that they know something is alive because they move and it was quite interesting when they said that plants are not living because they do not move. One student wanted to know more about the venus flytrap (which was shown in the video about plants) so we looked for an actual video of a fly getting trapped in a venus flytrap. This brought about more discussion about the idea of plants not moving. "But the venus flytrap moved by itself, so it must be alive," said one student. Next week, we will learn about the characteristics of living and non-living things and based on these characteristics, we will let the children figure out whether the venus flytrap is a living or non-living thing.
Sulin and Min (Sienna's parents) brought their pets, Momo the cat and Turbo the turtle and talked about how they take care of their pets. The children learned that both pets eat special food and not people food and that some pets like Momo, have toys that they like to play with.