Quick summary: Students compare the structure of a bee and an ant. They discover how these anatomical structures relate to function and help the animal to survive. Activity adapted from Activate Your Students: An inquiry-based learning approach to sustainability.
- Students compare the structures of two closely related insects – an ant and a bee.
- They start to apply their understanding of how structure relates to function and helps the animal to survive.
- They apply the common words used to describe insect features.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
- Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)
Year 3 English
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)
Year 4 Science
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)
Year levels: 3 and 4
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Time required: 45 mins
Learning areas addressed: Science.
Resources required: Printed activity sheets, art materials.
Homework and extension opportunities: Opportunities for additional activities.
Keywords: Ant, bee, function, structure, adaptation, features, thorax, abdomen.
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