Sciences - Understanding Diversity in Living Things - What is in my backyard?

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Contributed by: Tzer Yeun

Learning Objectives:

  • Students to appreciate Singapore’s rich biodiversity by visiting their school garden and identifying the organisms found there

  • Students to learn about the organisms’ common and scientific names, as well as their unique characteristics (which will lead students to the next section, where they learn to classify organisms via a dichotomous key)

  • Students learn to use Keynote to make a simple presentation to introduce the organism to their classmates

Learning Flow:

1. Explain to students what they need to do at the science garden

- Learn about the different plants and herbs found there

- Use their iPad to capture nice photos of the plants they see (may also include other organisms such as insects or birds)

- Take note of the organisms’ common and scientific names, and pay attention to any unique characteristics they have

2. Allow students to explore the science garden on their own

3. After the visit, students to choose 2 organisms they like best, and research further about their adaptations / reproduction / habitats / etc.

4. Demonstrate to students how they can make a presentation using Keynote

5. Explain that students are required to include the following:

- A photo of the organism

- Its common name & scientific name

- A description of some interesting characteristics / adaptations

6. Students will do a show-and-tell using their Keynote presentation

7. Thereafter, they can export the presentation as a PDF and upload it on SLS (via the Interactive Thinking Tool)