Your students will gain an understanding of the challenging vocabulary word symbiosis with this lesson. The lesson introduces students to the concept of symbiosis and symbiotic relationships. Many different types of relationships are discussed and examples are given for each throughout the lesson. Students may have heard of the different relationships, but may not know the differences. The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to animals.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Display the word: Ask students: What does this word mean to you?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask: What do you think it means to other organisms, like plants and other animals, to have a relationship?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Symbiosis.
- Distribute Symbiosis content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Remind students to think about the question regarding a symbiotic relationship with a pet. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Distribute supplies, and allow students access to the Internet if necessary. Allow sufficient time for students to complete each drawing. The teacher may approve rough copies before allowing students to complete the final copies.
- Once completed the students share their drawings and images with the class.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: If you could have a symbiotic relationship with a different species, besides a pet, what species would you choose? Explain how it would be an example of symbiosis.
- Allow for responses and discussion. (Students may choose zoo animals, insects, birds, etc.) Encourage students to be creative with their responses.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.10
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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