Hi there everybody!
Today I come with some activities and printables to work on INVERTEBRATES!
As I explain you before, I also teach Science (IN ENGLISH) and sometimes it is really complicated to feel that they are learning…
After 3 years of teaching this subject, I can tell you that it is a very slow process, that needs a lot of “repetition”. And it doesn’t mean to do the same thing during some classes, but to work the smae content in different ways.
So… That’s why I want to share with you all the activities we are doing to work INVERTEBRATE ANIMALS!
To identify the 6 different groups of invertebrates.
- General facts of invertebrate animals.
- Invertebrate groups.
- Main facts of the invertebrate groups.
- Examples of each group.
IDENTIFYING INVERTEBRATE ANIMALS
The first activity I did was to identify invertebrates in a group of animals . I show them pictures of animals and I told them to find the animal who was different.
I asked them questions to make them think on the differences.
INVERTEBRATE GENERAL FACTS
You will find many videos about invertebrate animals, but I used this one! And it was really useful for me. It was perfect to introduce them some animals and the invertebrate groups.
To learn the names of the 6 invertebrate groups, I used (TPR). The names are really complicated so.. I decided to invent a short “song” to learn the names. To do it we also created a little choreography to help us remember all the names! The idea is to invent a simple rhythm and gestures to practise the pronunciation.
The six groups of invertebrates are…
1 sponges, 2 cnidarians, 3 echinoderms, 4 mollusks, 5 worms, 6 arthropods
FACTS OF EACH GROUP
In order to work on the facts of each group, we observed different pictures and we wrote sentences.
After that we collected all the information in a mindmap!
You can also findo two activities in order to practise all the concepts.
After collecting all the information in a mindmap, we were ready to classify other invertebrates by observing them!
I created this cards, that can be really useful. There are many ways to use them…
As you can see, there is a little white space where they can write the group name or the animal name by using fel-tips.
I also use little whiteboards to make them work in groups. The idea is to show them a card and they have to write the name of the group of invertebrates they think that animal goes in.
READING ABOUT INVERTEBRATES
Finally, we read adapted texts about some invertebrate animals.
It is very important to use adapted material when you are doing a CLIL subject. You have to adapt all the contents to your students level.
In the following link, you will find a complete folder with many material about invertebrates! I really hope you find it useful! 🙂
We also look at invertebrates that we can find at the playground! It was nice to look at them and describe them later.
There are two stories that can be perfect for this unit:
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND SHARING A SHELL
That’s all for this week!
I really hope you find it useful! See you next week teachers!