Decomposers Activity 3.1 Differentiation

  • Refer back to Systems & Scale Predictions and Planning Tool as a model.
  • Use strategic grouping to distribute strong speakers.
  • Provide sentence stems for discussion and for filling in the Predictions and Planning Tool.
  • Read the Three Questions Handout as a group and referr back to Systems & Scale, Animals, and/or
  • Allow students to use their personal devices to watch the Carbon TIME Bread Molding Video with Nina and Daryl. This allows for slowdown and playback.
  • Give examples of predictions for each of the Three Questions and possibly post these as sentence stems for students to mirror.
  • Keep students’ Predictions and Planning Tools in a safe place (e.g., notebook or class file).
Extending the Learning
  • Have students plan and carry out their own investigations to answer the Three Questions. If groups get unreliable data, you may want to carry out the investigations as planned in this unit, at least as a demonstration.
  • Have students review their observations about mold growth that they have been collecting since the Pre-Lesson. Discuss what is similar, different, or surprising about this method of growing plants compared to more familiar methods.