Lesson Plan - Science 5 Primary

The lesson here was prepared as a drama scene. Before it the teacher gave students their parts to learn them by heart. There was arranged the whole scene – the court, costumes, etc. The lesson-performance took place on 16th February 2012. Pupils prepared it as a summary of a few lesson connected with envirenment protection according to the ideas of project “Doing Our Bit” – saving the wildlife. The trial of a spider The action takes place at court Narrator All contested cases are usually tried in the court. Today in our court we have to solve very difficult problem – protect or destroy the spider Today the court will be represented by: As a prosecutor – our colleague ........ As a barrister – our colleague ....... We also will hear the wintesses of defence and prosecution. We will give a chance to speak up the spider itself. Not to make it longer I’m asking the court chairman to speak up. Judge During the last lesson we were discussing the spider building and its way of living. It is strange animal and it raises mixed feeling in human beings. What attitude should we have toward it? Protect or destroy? It is a problem that we have to solve today. Ladies and gentlemen let now the spider speak up itself. Has the accused come? Spider I am Your Honor! I recieved a summons and I’m counting on a fair trial Judge Let the prosecutor speak Prosecutor: Your Honor! Here in front of us, there is the spider. It hangs its webs wherever it wants nad its beats cause swells and blains. Let the witnesses say precisely what I mean. Witness I It came here hairy, with its cheliceares and long thin legs to scare us. It has got 4 pairs of very small eyes, so it can’t see very well. But it has got 4 pairs of hairy legs, on which it runs very fast. Creepy creature.

Lesson Plan - Science 5 Primary Judge Thank you. Now the second witness please. Witness II I am not scared of the spider’s ugliness. I would like to say something about its activity. Wherever you look – at home, in the basement, in the attic, in the forest – between trees, bushes, on the meadows, everywhere you will find its sticky and ugly webs. It sets traps for poor, innocent insects. And the webs are also hotbed for dust. Even in the ponds you can find bell shape webs. It is inexcusable. Judge Thnak you. Now let the barrister speak Barrister Thank you You Honor! I won’t waste time for unnecessary words. My client is innocent. And the witnesses presented here will convince all to its innocence. Judge Now we will hear the defence witnesses. Witness III In Poland we have go 675 types of spiders in all ecosystems. The spider is the animal which probably won’t win the miss title but beauty isn’t the most important thing in life. Hairy body have got not only some spiders but also cats, dogs which we like very much. According to the cheliceares and its legs they work as mouths used to get food which usually consists of pests. If the spider accidentaly beats the human being with its cheliceares, there can be seen a small swell but it isn’t dangerous. Lets look at the case wider. In the apple gardens of Izrael live spiders that are predators of some butterflies – pests, and they deal with them very well. In Switzerland spiders living on the corns and running on the ground, hunt many insects – pests. In Japan spiders are willingly seen in rice fields and cabbage fields, in the USA in fields of: cotton, sweetcorn and lucerne. How can’t you see that and don’t appreciate this! Judge I’m calling the next witness Witness IV I know the spider very well. It is calm, quiet, ballanced, patient and hard-working animal. It has got skills as a weaver, engineer and a hunter. The acreage of some spiders’ webs can be even 1m2. So how much work it has to do to hang its web very carefully and with what cautiousness does it move bypassing sticky thread. How patient it is when it holds the thread ending with its legs, waiting for the signal that a prayer is

Lesson Plan - Science 5 Primary in the web. It calms down the prayer with the help of its cheliceares but does it quickly and almost painlessly. The spider female is very caring mother – it tightly covers with web the fertilized egg creating cocoon, which protects the egg from cold. We can find spider everywhere, almost in every habitat, even on 7000 meters above sea level. They don’t live olny on Antarctica. For now! Judge Thank you. Now I want to hear what the prosecutor has to say. Prosecutor Please don’t delude yourself! The accused spider is ugly, creepy and harmful. It belongs to the flock of arachnids, that isn’t famous for good things. Its cousins from exotic countries are known for being venomous killers. I’m asking for the maximum sentence. Judge Let the barrister speak The barrister The spider despite its appearence, came to the trial to remind all about its merits. It is humble and shy. It doesn’t smell ugly like some of the stink bugs. It doesn’t destroy furniture and clothes like clothes moths and woodworms. It isn’t noisy. It doesn’t touch human’s food. It is gentle creature. It is more sensitive to pesticides then many plants pests and unfortunatelly it dies faster. Judge Let’s the accused speak Spider I’m really sorry that people turn around from me with aversion but if they wanted, despite my appearance, to be more gentle for me and know me closer, they would change their mind. I’m also sorry that people constantly destroy my webs and don’t appreciate their importance and my work. I’m optimistic and I believe that there will come happy days for me and we will live in peace. Judge I’m pronouncing a sentence. The spider isn’t guilty of any imputed actions. It deserves respect and appreciation. Besides it I order all of you, to avoid similar misunderstandings in the future, to familiarize with the book by W. Adolph and I. Mikulska “Spider – weaver, engineer, hunter” or with any other book on that topic. And as a proof of the sentence execution you have to write in your notebooks a short note about spiders.

Lesson Plan - Science 5 Primary

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