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This is such a fun standard to teach to first graders because kids love learning about animals! Use this packet to teach students about some of the most unbelievable and fascinating ways mothers in the animal kingdom ensure the survival of their young.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this packet:
Grade 1: Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
Make observations to construct an evidence–based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
Three animals are covered in detail in this packet: elephants, orangutans, and Emperor Penguins – all of which are known to be model parents in the animal kingdom. For each, I’ve provided 4 slides depicting ways in which parents provide for their young. I project these onto my classroom whiteboard and use them as a springboard for class discussion. There are 2 worksheets for every animal- the first covers parent behavior and how this helps the young, the second addresses the 1-LS3-1 standard and asks students to notice how parent and offspring are similar and different. I’ve also included background info for the teacher on each animal so you are prepared for any questions your kids may have! 12 beautiful color photograph slides total for this section
-The next 3 slides show photographs of 3 animals (butterfly, frog, swan)– in both baby and adult form. There is a worksheet provided for students to list one difference as well as one similarity.
-To wrap up the unit, I have my students use the final worksheet to draw any animal they want in both baby and adult form. They must include one difference and one similarity on the worksheet.
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