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Observing Plants and Animals

This worksheet challenges students to consider the welfare of the organisms they study around them as well as their own safety.

'Observing Plants and Animals' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Animals, including Humans

Curriculum subtopic:   Common Animals

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

 

Whenever you go out looking for plants and animals, whether it's at school or at home, it is important to think carefully about what effect you might have on the habitat you are looking in.

 

You need to think about how the plants and animals may be affected. You also need to think about your own safety and that of anyone else with you.

 

This worksheet helps to you think about these things.

When you are observing plants you should.....

look at them carefully where they are growing

pick them carefully to look at closely

take them back to the classroom to display them

When you are observing animals you should.....

take them back to the classroom

not move or touch any stones or logs

put stones and logs back where they were

When you are out looking for plants and animals you also need to look out for certain dangers or hazards.

Tick any boxes in the list you think might be a hazard that you should look out for.

stones

twigs

broken glass

sweet wrappers

dog poo

banana skins

 

Why might you need to handle woodlice carefully?

they bite

they're easy to squash

they break if you drop them

Henry wants to pick a bluebell to take back to school.

 

 

 

What do you say to him?

"that will look nice in the classroom"

"be careful - they're poisonous!"

"you should leave it where it is"

When you have finished looking for plants and animals you should....

leave the area as you found it

tidy the area so it's neat

sweep up any leaves and soil

Why do you think that it's important to wash your hands after observing plants and animals?

we might get mud on our clothes and books

it's almost lunchtime

we might have got some germs off plants or animals we touched

  • Question 1

When you are observing plants you should.....

CORRECT ANSWER
look at them carefully where they are growing
EDDIE SAYS
The best thing to do is to disturb the natural habitat as little as possible. Remember, once a plant is picked it starts to die. So you should do your best to look at plants where they are and only remove plants when there is a good reason.
  • Question 2

When you are observing animals you should.....

CORRECT ANSWER
put stones and logs back where they were
EDDIE SAYS
Remember, the best thing to do is to disturb the natural habitat as little as possible - after all it's home to lots of plants and animals. So, animals should rarely be removed. However, many live under stones and logs, so you need to look there - just put the stones and logs back carefully afterwards.
  • Question 3

When you are out looking for plants and animals you also need to look out for certain dangers or hazards.

Tick any boxes in the list you think might be a hazard that you should look out for.

CORRECT ANSWER
broken glass
dog poo
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes things are thrown away and they can become a hazard (often for the animals). Broken glass may cut you and you certainly don't want to get dog poo on your shoe! Sweet wrappers shouldn't be there but they are not dangerous to you and neither are banana skins!
  • Question 4

 

Why might you need to handle woodlice carefully?

CORRECT ANSWER
they're easy to squash
EDDIE SAYS
Woodlice might look like they are covered in armour but they're not! If you handle a woodlouse roughly it can easily be hurt, so if you have to pick one up to observe it, you need to be very gentle.
  • Question 5

Henry wants to pick a bluebell to take back to school.

 

 

 

What do you say to him?

CORRECT ANSWER
"you should leave it where it is"
EDDIE SAYS
Bluebells are beautiful flowers and they should be left where they are so others can enjoy them. They are needed by the plant to make new seeds for next year.
  • Question 6

When you have finished looking for plants and animals you should....

CORRECT ANSWER
leave the area as you found it
EDDIE SAYS
Natural habitats are not meant to be tidy! So when you leave try to make sure it looks almost as it did when you arrived.
  • Question 7

Why do you think that it's important to wash your hands after observing plants and animals?

CORRECT ANSWER
we might have got some germs off plants or animals we touched
EDDIE SAYS
There are lots of different germs (called bacteria) you may pick up from studying plants and animals - almost all of them are perfectly harmless. But it makes good sense just to wash your hands when you get back, before you put anything in your mouth!
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