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School Workshop: Going to Extremes

Students identify and explain plant adaptations suitable for life in the rainforest and use ideas about evolution to explain the occurrence of these adaptations.

 

Workshop overview

What happens in the workshop

The challenge is for students to identify and explain plant adaptations suitable for life in the rainforest and use ideas about evolution to explain the occurrence of these adaptations. Starting in the Core students are introduced to the idea of adaptation through a quiz, use of video and by handling props. In the Rainforest Biome students sketch and note examples of plant adaptations to the rainforest ecosystem and begin to hypothesise as to how these adaptations help the plant.

On our return to the Core students share ideas about how particular adaptations give a plant a competitive advantage. They then play a game in to investigate how plants have evolved these useful adaptations – the game develops their understanding of variation (within and between species), adaptation and natural selection all set within the context of the Rainforest ecosystem. Finally, we consider how environmental change can lead to extinction.

KS3 Co-ordinator for Science, Redruth School

Redruth School

“An excellent learning experience for the students.”

Practical information

Plant adaptations learning resource

Accredited workshops

This workshop is accredited under the British Science Association’s CREST Awards scheme and goes towards a Discovery Award.

In order to gain the award it is also necessary for the students to have completed some of the suggested pre and post visit activities provided upon booking.

 

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