Friday, October 28, 2011

Rapping about Science

This week we started off talking about natural selection and adaptation.  Students always have a tough time differentiating between the two, so in order to help students remember what an adaptation is we watched the adaptation rap.  Students should know that natural selection is the process that eventually leads to an adaptation.  Whereas an adaptation is a behavioral or physical characteristic that helps the organism live successfully in its environment.  View the adaptation rap below:

We also discussed the types of interactions between organisms.  Students learned that there are three types of interactions - competition, predation, and symbiosis.  Under symbiosis, there are 3 types of symbiotic relationships: mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism.  We had gestures for each symbiotic relationship and did some partner teaching to address all of our learning styles.  We also viewed several short video clips of examples of symbiotic relationships in nature.  In addition, students listened to the symbiosis rap featured below:

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