Big Ideas – Term Two
Sample questions to support inquiry with students
- Why are life cycles important?
- How are the life cycles of local plants and animals similar and different?
- How do offspring compare to their parents?
- metamorphic life cycles of different organisms: body structure changes (e.g., caterpillar to butterfly, mealworm transformation, tadpoles to frog)
- non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms: organism keeps same body structure through life but size changes (e.g., humans)
- similarities and differences between offspring and parent
- a kitten looks like cat and a puppy looks like dog but they do change as they grow; salmon change a great deal as they grow and need fresh and salt water environments to survive
First Peoples use of their knowledge of life cycles
- stewardship: sustainably gathering plants and hunting/fishing in response to seasons and animal migration patterns (e.g., clam gardens, seasonal rounds, etc.)
- sustainable fish hatchery programs run by local First Peoples
Big Ideas – Term One
- Why would we want to change the physical properties of an object?
- What are some natural processes that involve chemical and physical changes?
- Why is matter known as the material of the universe?
- How are matter and energy related?