Investigating - Minibeasts
Studying minibeasts, like these ants, is great fun and science too!

Investigating - Minibeasts

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Science for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with Investigating.

This quiz is all about one simple experiment. It looks at one type of minibeast. A class at school wants to find out where woodlice like to live. The children are in groups of four. Each group gathers twenty woodlice from under a log to use in their experiment. They use a choice chamber to investigate. They do simple experiments with the choice chambers. Can you help them do a really good investigation?

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  1. It takes time to do the experiments. Where should the children keep the woodlice between experiments?
    Look after minibeasts like woodlice
  2. Josh has a choice chamber. It is divided into four. One part he leaves empty. What should he do with the other three?
    If Josh does all three, he will then give the woodlice lots of choices
  3. Kim helps Josh with his experiment. They put the twenty woodlice into the choice chamber. What should they do?
    The woodlice need time to find their way around and decide where they like best
  4. Ryan is going to get the results. What should he do?
    Ryan will have to lift the lid very carefully so as not to disturb the woodlice
  5. Joe is going to write down the results. What should he do?
    Joe needs a table with four columns because there are four different chambers for the woodlice to choose
  6. How can they display their results?
    All these are good ways of displaying their results
  7. How can they tell other people about their results?
    Yes, there are lots of different ways of telling people about your results
  8. Josh says he thinks they should repeat the experiment. Why does Josh think they should repeat the experiment?
    Repeating an experiment is always a good idea, if there is time
  9. They decide to repeat the experiment. Kim says he thinks they should use the same 20 woodlice. But Joe says they should use a fresh group of 20 woodlice. Why does Joe say this?
    In this case, it is a good idea to use new woodlice
  10. What should the children do with the woodlice after they have finished their experiments?
    Minibeasts are living things - treat them nicely

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