Wednesday, 30 November 2016

FREE Thinking Kit activity - Pebbles

Pebbles (Science) activity

In our free Thinking Kit App, you can download activities created by us, those shared by other educators (or even learners) or those that you have created yourself. To do so:
  1. Download the app (click here or search Thinking Kit App on the App Store).
  2. Launch the app, tap Educator, then New Session then 'Download task'.
  3. Enter the Task Code (1789 for the science task Pebbles or click here for other activities).
More information about the Pebbles activity

Subject: Science, English
Topic: Evolution, Inheritance, Animals, Habitats, Group discussion, Interaction
Audience: 8 - 11 year olds
Question: Where does Pebbles live?
Author: Anne de A’Echevarria
Task Code: 1789

This activity has been designed to support the Science and English curriculum. It can also be used to foster the development of generic higher order thinking skills.


This task can be used to support the following areas of study:
  • ‘Evolution and inheritance’ – exploring how animals, such as the Arctic Fox, have adapted to their environment.  The mystery could be used as a precursor to further research. The learners will, of course, be keen to work out who Pebbles is exactly, which could lead to an exploration of a range of different adaptations across different habitats and analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations.
  • ‘Animals, including humans’ – revising the concept of food chains by identifying the food chain embedded in the mystery, prior to constructing a variety of other chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
The mystery could also be used to support the development of group discussion and interaction.

Learning objectives might include:
  • To take turns in speaking
  • To relate their contributions to what has gone on before
 - building on the ideas of others.
  • To take different views into account.
  • To extend their ideas in the light of discussion.

Thinking skills

Learning objectives relating to these might include:
  • To justify ideas with reasons.
  • To form a well-structured explanation.
  • To speculate and draw inferences from information.

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