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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 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.
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.