Manta Ray Facts: Science primary resource
Discover ‘7 cool facts’ about this endangered sea creature
This primary resource introduces children to the endangered species; manta rays. Discover more about this fantastic fish. How large can they grow? How high do the leap? Why do manta rays work together to make tornadoes?
Pupils will learn ‘7 cool facts’ about this endangered sea creature in our National Geographic Kids’ Science primary resource sheet.
The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for discussion about manta rays, their characteristics and behaviours. It could be used as a printed handout for each pupil to review and highlight, or for display on the interactive whiteboard for class discussion.
Activity: Ask children to pick one of the facts from the primary resource sheet and use it as the basis for their own independent research. They could compare the manta ray with another species of fish (e.g. sharks, using our Save Our Sharks primary resource), examining similarities and differences of each (length, diet, behaviour, etc.). They could record their findings in a table. Children could write a poem about the manta ray, thinking about how it moves through the sea and how manta rays come together to swim and hunt. In groups, ask pupils to prepare a class presentation about why the manta ray is endangered, and how people can help their numbers to increase.
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This Animals primary resource assists with teaching the following Key Stage 1 Science (Year 1) objectives from the National Curriculum:
Pupils should be taught to:
- identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
- describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)
Pupils might work scientifically by: using their observations to compare and contrast animals at first hand or through videos and photographs, describing how they identify and group them; grouping animals according to what they eat; and using their senses to compare different textures, sounds and smells.
National Curriculum Key Stage 1 Science (Year 2) objective:
- Pupils should be taught to: identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
- Pupils should be introduced to the idea that all living things have certain characteristics that are essential for keeping them alive and healthy. They should raise and answer questions that help them to become familiar with the life processes that are common to all living things. Pupils should be introduced to the terms ‘habitat’ (a natural environment or home of a variety of plants and animals) and ‘micro-habitat’ (a very small habitat, for example for woodlice under stones, logs or leaf litter).
- Pupils should compare animals in familiar habitats with animals found in less familiar habitats, for example, on the seashore, in woodland, in the ocean, in the rainforest.
- Pupils should be taught to: find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
- Pupils should be introduced to the basic needs of animals for survival, as well as the importance of exercise and nutrition for humans. They should also be introduced to the processes of reproduction and growth in animals. The focus at this stage should be on questions that help pupils to recognise growth; they should not be expected to understand how reproduction occurs.
National Curriculum Lower Key Stage 2 Science (Year 3) objective:
- Pupils should be taught to: identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
- Pupils might compare and contrast the diets of different animals (including their pets) and decide ways of grouping them according to what they eat. They might research different food groups and how they keep us healthy and design meals based on what they find out.
National Curriculum Lower Key Stage 2 Science (Year 4) objective:
Pupils should be taught to:
- recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
- explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
- recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
- construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey
This Animals primary resource assists with teaching the following Sciences First level objectives from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:
- I can explore examples of food chains and show an appreciation of how animals and plants depend on each other for food.
- By comparing generations of families of humans, plants and animals, I can begin to understand how characteristics are inherited
Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Second level Sciences objectives:
- I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.
- I can use my knowledge of the interactions and energy flow between plants and animals in ecosystems, food chains and webs. I have contributed to the design or conservation of a wildlife area.
Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Third level Sciences objectives:
- I can sample and identify living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and can suggest reasons for their distribution.
Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Fourth level Sciences objectives:
- I understand how animal and plant species depend on each other and how living things are adapted for survival. I can predict the impact of population growth and natural hazards on biodiversity.
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