Grade 6-8 Living Things

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What characterizes a living thing? Scholars explore the concept during a differentiated instruction unit on living things. They perform lab experiments to determine how animals adapt to stimuli, watch videos and learn about characteristics of life and cells, and collaborate in small groups to compare plant and animal cells. There is scaffolding to the activities, allowing pupils to work on different pathways depending on their ability levels.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow learners to use a self-assessment strategy to gauge which pathway they should practice
  • Use the anchor activity "The World in a Drop of Water" to allow scholars to explore other living and non-living things under the microscope
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some prep work before beginning unit and/or lab activities
Pros

  • Includes a hook for lessons to engage interest
  • Uses tiered groups to personalize learning based on ability levels
  • Gives choices and options to learners
Cons

  • None