Type:

Interactive, Graphic Organizer/Worksheet, Unit

Description:

“Meet the Creatures” stimulates students to ask questions about the observable behavior of an unfamiliar organism and then directs them to ways of finding answers for themselves. As students observe and experiment, they learn some things about the process of scientific inquiry and about the sensory perception of the mealworm. The skills emphasized in this unit are: observing, collecting and organizing data, measuring, predicting, formulating hypotheses, identifying variables and inferring.

This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community.

More About CABOCES

Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments.

Contact Information

BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621

http://www.caboces.org

http://www.mstkits.org

http://www.nyreal.org

Subjects:

  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8

Keywords:

mealworm(s) life cycle beetle(s) metamorphosis

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Collections:

None
Update Standards?

SCI.5.2.A: Science

describe, plan, and implement simple experimental investigations testing one variable;

SCI.5.10.C: Science

describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects.

SCI.6.1.A: Science

demonstrate safe practices during laboratory and field investigations as outlined in the Texas Safety Standards; and

SCI.6.2.A: Science

plan and implement comparative and descriptive investigations by making observations, asking well-defined questions, and using appropriate equipment and technology;

SCI.8.2.A: Science

plan and implement comparative and descriptive investigations by making observations, asking well-defined questions, and using appropriate equipment and technology;
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-02.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this comprehensive five to nine week unit, late elementary students (targeted for grades 5-6) will use science skills and inquiry as they observe mealworms and design experiments to investigate their behavior. There is a strong focus on the scientific process, including independent vs. dependent variables, controls, and repetition of trials. Activities have clear objectives and are age-appropriate and engaging. This resource includes correlations with NY state standards, though objectives can easily fit in with other standards. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, scheduling information, extensive and clear background information materials, preparation instructions, discussion questions, an assessment, cross-curricular extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. Each student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts and a glossary. The last section in the “kit” is a wiki, and Curriki members are encouraged to edit and build up the existing curriculum. This excellent unit can be used immediately in the classroom.

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