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Unit 2 - Looking at Living Things IntroductionThe emphasis of this Unit is to help students to develop some science related skills such as observation, classifying, recording of data and communication, through the study of living things. Through observations and discussions, students are introduced to the fact that living things have some features in common. They are also introduced to the wide variety of forms of living things and the need for classification. Individual differences within and among different species are stressed. These aim at encouraging students to develop a more accepting attitude towards oneself and others. Students’ attention is also drawn to man’s impact on the environment and the need to protect the environment and endangered species. Unit objectivesAll students should 1.be able to distinguish between living and non-living things 2.be able to classify living things into animals and plants 3.be able to identify some of the characteristics of living things through the observation of an animal 4.be able to present data collected in a table form 5.appreciate variations among members of the same species and develop a more accepting attitude towards oneself and others 6.be able to use and construct a simple key to classify a given set of living things 7.be able to classify animals into those with and without backbones 8.be able to classify plants into flowering and non-flowering plants 9.show concern for the extinction of a variety of life forms 10.be aware of the effects of man’s activities on the environment 11.be willing to contribute to the protection of our environment and endangered species 12.appreciate the wonder of nature and show respect and care for all forms of life The more able students should 1.be able to derive from observations some characteristics of living things 2.be able to construct and interpret a bar chart 3.be able to classify animals with backbones into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
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