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Decomposers | Activity 6.3

(Optional) Activity 6.3: Explaining How All Decomposers Grow, Move, and Function (50 min)

Students synthesize their learning to answer the Three Questions for how all decomposers grow, move, and function.

Materials You Provide

  • (From previous lesson) 2 Explaining Other Examples of Decomposers Growing, Moving, and Functioning
  • computers (1 per pair of students, for option 2 in step 6)
  • blank posters (1 per pair of students or small group, for option 3 in step 6)

Resources Provided


Decide how students will construct their explanations (see options in step 6 of the directions). If students will use the worksheet, prepare one copy of 6.3 Explaining Functions that All Decomposers Share Worksheet for each student. If students will create a PowerPoint, check that computers or tablets are working and ready. If students will make a poster, get one poster for each pair of students or small group. Decide how you will have students present their explanations (see step 7 of the directions). Prepare a computer and a projector to display the PPT.


1. Use the instructional model to show students where they are in the course of the unit.


Use the 6.3 Grading Explaining Functions that All Decomposers Share Worksheet to grade students’ explanations. Regardless of how students constructed their explanations, they should include similar information.