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Activity 2.4: Questions about Decomposers (20 min)

Target Student Performance

Students describe structures and functions that all decomposers share and pose questions about molding bread to prepare for their upcoming investigation.

Resources You Provide

Resources Provided

Recurring Resources

Setup

Prepare the PPT and saved worksheets.

Directions

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

Show slide 2 of the 2.4 Questions about Decomposers PPT.

Discuss where the class is on the unit storyline.

  • The students have studied or reviewed ideas about fungi structure.
  • They will soon be using their moldy bread for an investigation of fungi function.

In this activity, they will be reviewing what they know and discussing questions that they still have to answer.

Assessment

Differentiation
  • Have students highlight challenging vocabulary in the reading to support or add to the word wall
  • Ask questions about what students see happening in the videos of decomposers
Modifications
Extending the Learning

Encourage students to explore questions raised by the discussion. In particular, there are many links between nutrition and health that students are curious about and that they can investigate using Internet resources.