4th Grade Microscopic World Unit Blueprint

Learning Experience (LE) 6: Introducing Microscopic Life in a Pond
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(See Teacher Tips for details on lesson.)

Pacing Suggestions:
1–2 Days

Teacher Resources:

 Tips

 

4th Grade Microscopic Pond Life Google Site

Essential & Unit Questions 1 Benchmarks 2 Formative and Summative Assessments 3 Using Assessments to Monitor Student Learning

Why is it sometimes helpful to magnify things?

What do living things made up of one cell need to live?

Introduce 4D(3-5)#3: Materials may be composed of parts that are too small to be seen without magnification.

Introduce 5C(3-5)#1: Some living things consist of a living cell. Like familiar organisms, they need food, water, air; a way to dispose of waste; and an environment they can live in.

Class discussion about microscopic organisms (based on books)

Suggested Questions:

  1. What do you think lives in a pond?
  2. What do you think are the needs of living things that live in a pond?

What prior knowledge do students appear to have about microscopic life?

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1. For conceptual benchmarks.
2. Bolded sections indicate portion of benchmark addressed
3. Unless noted as a Summative Assessment, the assessments are formative and should be used to guide teaching and learning.

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