Chaos within the Living World? NOT!

This Chaos within the Living World? NOT! activity & project also includes:

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What are the five kingdoms? Fifth graders engage in a series of investigations and research activities focused on the methods of classification used by scientists, as well as the language they use to describe the similarities and differences in living things.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Save the presentations from year to year to serve as models for subsequent classes
  • Divide the class into groups; present each group with a large bag of Legos, have them to sort the bricks into piles using a criteria they agree upon, and then share their classification criteria with the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed as a two-week unit but can be extended to five weeks
  • Although designed for Gifted and Talented (GATE) classes, the scaffolding makes the unit appropriate for all learners
Pros

  • Learners take on the role of researchers searching for answers to questions they have generated
  • Designed to engage all learning styles
Cons

  • None