Animals Live in Groups, Close Read and Lab NGSS 3-LS2-1

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Why do animals live in groups? Animal groups are sometimes formed to help animals survive. Animals live in groups for different reasons. Students will collect data and construct an argument to support claims about why animals live in groups. This includes a high-interest informational text passage with great comprehension questions! Parts of this resource can be used as a Distance Learning Packet. This resource addresses the third-grade NGSS 3-LS2-1

This resource includes:

  • a hands-on science activity
  • charts
  • 3-page informational text passage
  • response pages with text-dependent questions
  • two lesson plans
  • a fun page on collective nouns
  • answer keys

See more about how to use this resource here Animals Live In Groups

This resource is designed to address the NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea of Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics.

NGSS 3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.


Utah SEEdnStandard 3.2.4

Construct an explanation showing how variations in traits and behaviors can affect the ability of an individual to survive and reproduce. Examples of traits could include large thorns protecting a plant from being eaten or strong-smelling flowers to attracting certain pollinators. Examples of behaviors could include animals living in groups for protection or migrating to find more food. (LS2.D, LS4.B)

This integrated science and literacy lesson will address fully the NGSS standards while also addressing CCSS for reading informational text.

Students will learn that animals live in groups for several reasons. Animals living in groups help members to survive.

The following Science and Engineering Practices will be used by students:

Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

Developing and using models

Planning and carrying out investigations

Analyzing and interpreting data

Constructing explanations for science

Engaging in argument from evidence

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Science Topics Include:

Animal groups

Reasons for Animals to Live In Groups

Benefits to Species by Living in Groups

Collective Hunting

Shared Raising of the Young

Protection from Predators

Social Insects

Division of Labor

Herd Animals


Collecting Evidence

Recording Data

Supporting Claims with Evidence

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Students love my reading comprehension passages and questions! If you like this resource you should see some of my other resources for 3rd grade:

Life Cycle of a Sunflower NGSS 3-LS1-1

Third Grade Objects In Motion 3-PS2-2

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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