Symbiosis sounds like a topic that should be saved for high schoolers, but these unique symbiosis lessons are perfect for 1st-8th graders. You’ll be amazed when your children or students start using words like facultative and endosymbiont in easy conversations!
What exactly is the relationship between whales and barnacles? How does mistletoe weasel its way into the vascular system of a tree? Why do arctic foxes follow polar bears around in the tundra? All of these questions and so many more can be answered by your students after an amazing study of symbiosis.
Cindy breaks down tough concepts and rich scientific vocabulary so that elementary and middle school students don’t even think twice about the difficulty of symbiosis. In eight symbiosis lessons (that can each be stretched out into several days) children will learn:
- the three main types of symbiosis – mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism,
- about symbionts and hosts,
- the difference between obligate and facultative symbiosis,
- the difference between ectosymbionts and endosymbionts, and
- lots of amazing symbiotic relationships.
Yes, really. The curriculum teaches these topics in ways that students younger than high school CAN understand them easily!
Kid-friendly text and videos do the teaching and follow-up activities accompany each of the symbiosis lessons. Children have opportunities to create nature journal pages, do simple research projects, and participate in hands-on activities. All are easy, optional, and easily tweaked if you’re teaching multiple ages.
Prepare your children with knowledge of upper level sciences through connections to real life examples in nature. It truly does make high school science and beyond easier in the end!
Use the symbiosis lessons as your science curriculum for part of a semester or as a supplement to what you’re already using during science. The symbiosis topic fits in with any study of plants or animals.
- 34 pages
- Digital curriculum
- Appropriate for black and white printing
- Printing is not necessary
- Content suitable for charter schools