Using the Environment 3: Tackling Problems Part 1
The activities described in the Science 5/13 unit Using the environment 3: tackling problems are designed for children aged 9-13, when they are becoming more capable of thinking logically and begin to speculate about the causes of phenomena and how their ideas could be tested. The work described takes children and teachers beyond collecting information about the world outside the classroom. The author makes a distinction between experience and experimentation. Through experience children gain knowledge of events and objects. Experimentation involves using information from past experience and other sources to suggest possible explanations (hypotheses) and test them.
Part one is concerned with finding relationships between form and function of living things and between their behaviour and the environment in which they live.
1. Children tackling problems
2. The interdependence of living things
3. Discovering relationships between form and function in plants: roots, stems, leaves
4. Discovering relationship between form and function in plants: flowers, pollen, fruit, seeds
5. Discovering relationships between form and function in animals
6. Variation and adaptation
Objectives for children learning science
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