Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Getting Ready for Reds! - Section 2: Engage


By the time I teach this lesson, my kids have had experience with making observations and conducting experiments, but they have not planned a unit of study or designed an experiment.

I decided to start with the first step only so not to overload them. We brainstorm a list of ways we can observe worms. We discuss how each one would look as we go, then we decide on which should come first. We then have a discussion on how it should look and what the rules should be when observing worms.

This experience was a great introduction for my kids because in subsequent lessons, the kids were able to jump right in and start designing their experiments. That is exactly did for worm and food and worm races. What a great start to understanding the scientific method:

  • ask a question
  • do research
  • make a hypothesis
  • do an experiment
  • analyze data and form a conclusion
  • decide if your hypothesis
  • start again, if necessary

  Which one first, making design desicions
  Staircase of Complexity: Which one first, making design desicions
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Getting Ready for Reds!

Unit 4: What's with the wiggling?
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify the parts of a worm by observing a red worm at their tables.

Big Idea: Young children often know of worms, but have never really touched one. This lesson gives them the opportunity to enjoy them up close.

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Science, Science Skills, diagram, inquiry, experiment, worm
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