Lesson 1 Overview
This introductory lesson is about setting the stage for the rest of the module. Here, students will begin to build foundations in both their knowledge of the subject, technology, design and creativity.
1. To begin thinking about the structural features of animals and how their adaptions better enable them to survive.
2. To write an initial blog in the final 10 minutes of the lesson documenting thoughts, ideas and future plans for their design.
1. ST3-10LW - describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment
2. EN3-9E recognises, reflects on and assesses their strengths as a learner
- Explain to students that all animals have evolved over time to better suit and survive within their environment. Some animals have wings, some have gills etc. Some animals have 2 legs whilst others have 100. You can then provide a specific example of birds adapting to their environment on the Galapagos Islands. Some birds evolved to have skinny beaks to be able to suck nectar out of plants whilst others adapted to have bigger, stronger beaks to crush nuts found on the island. More information can be found at GalapagosIslands.com.
- It is now crucial to ignite the students curiousity with the question "what would the perfect animal look like?". Explain to students we will be creating a 3D model of their animal using the program 123D Creature.
- As a class, brainstorm some ideas of what should be included in their 'ideal animal'. Begin a brainstorm on the board that students can add to in their books.
- As students begin to create their animal, it is important for them to support what they are doing with evidence. For example, our animal has wings to fly away if it is in danger or our animal has horns to catch its prey etc. These points should be written down in their books to refer to later on in the process.
- Have students begin to sketch their ideas.
- To conclude the lesson, have students create their first blog. The blog should include initial ideas, problems encountered in the lesson and future ideas or strategies the students will attempt next lesson. It is important to explain to students the importance of reflecting on their work. Explain to students this blog will form part of their final assessment for the unit.