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Lesson Plan

Plants interacting with animals

Summary: 
Study various animals that plants interact with: look at worms, look at a herbivore jaw, make a bird feeder.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: First People’s sustainable use of Living Things (K, 2, 3)
Biology: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Procedure: 

Plants are not isolated - they interact with other living things.
What other things do they interact with? Draw network of suggestions on the board.

Plants and worms:
Use magnifiers to closely observe worms. Label a drawing of a worm.
Class discussion on structures of worm (hearts, breathe through skin).
How are worms linked to plants? They make the soil that the plants grow in. Look for dark soil being made in the gut of the worm.
Add to/highlight worm in network on board.

Plants and herbivores:
Plants are tough. Animals that eat them need specialized teeth to crush the tough plant cell walls.
Sit at carpet and look at the teeth in herbivore jaws.
Show deer skull and jaws fitting closely together to grind the plants.
Add to/highlight herbivores in network on board.

Plants and birds:
What about birds? What do they eat? Seeds. The seeds that we planted are food for animals.
Add to network on the board.
Make bird feeder with pine cone, lard and seeds.

Grades taught: 
Gr 3
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Tracy Povey
Site tested: 
General Gordon Elementary