WeDo 2.0 Core Set

Animal Expression

Model the various methods of communication used in the animal kingdom.

120+ min.
Year 1 to 5

1. Explore phase

(30-60 minutes)

Bioluminescence is the production of light by living organisms, such as fireflies, shrimp and deep sea fish. Bioluminescent creatures use this ability to glow for a variety of purposes, including camouflage, luring prey, and communicating.

Other animals would use sounds and movements to communicate.

Let students explore these different social interactions to determine how these types of communication help them to survive, find mates, and reproduce.

2. Create phase

(45-60 Minutes)

Students create a creature and illustrate their method of communication. The model should display one specific type of social interaction, such as light, movement, or sound.

Let students explore the Design Library so they can choose a model for inspiration. Then allow them to experiment and create their own solutions, modifying any basic model as they see fit.

Suggested Design Library models include:
• Tilt
• Wobble
• Walk


3. Share phase

(45+ minutes)

Students should present their models, explaining how they represented a method of communication. They could use research and portfolio documentation to support their explorations and ideas.

Ensure that students explain how the chosen method of communication creates social interaction. Ask them to say why the animals interact in this way. Some research regarding social interaction of animals might be necessary.

Teacher Support

Students will:
Explore different ways that animals communicate, including the unique methods of animals and insects that light up in the dark.
Create and program an animal or insect to illustrate how it socially interacts with others of its species.
Present and document your model, explaining how the animal communicates and how that helps the animal.

Pupil Material

Student Worksheet

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