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NGSS standards met with this packet:
Grade K: INTERDEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS IN ECOSYSTEMS: ANIMALS, PLANTS, and THEIR ENVIRONMENT
K-ESS3-1:Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
Use this fun sorting game to illustrate the concept: plants and animals live in certain habitats based on their needs.
- full color one page illustrations of 7 habitats: forest, rainforest, desert, meadow, ocean, North and South Poles, fresh water. Laminate so you can use them year after year.
-28 cards illustrating a plant or animal along with one of their needs described, 4 per habitat. Laminate.
I do this as a class activity on our classroom rug where we all sit in a circle. We place the 7 habitat pictures in the center of our circle. Everyone gets an animal or plant card. For each child I ask, “What is on your card?” Then I read what the card says to the class (some of my kinders can read the cards but not all!) We decide where the animal or plant lives and my student places the card onto the correct habitat. We continue until everyone has had a turn. For each card, I emphasize the “relationship between the needs of different plants or animals and the places they live”
What does the snake need to live? (food, water, warmth)
Why doesn’t he live in the North Pole? (it is too cold)
Why does he live in the desert? (It is warm and he can eat mice)
After we figure out which plants and animals live in which habitat, I then set up the habitats with 3-4 plants and animals – one of which is wrong. I have my students figure out which one does not belong and we discuss why.
Ocean habitat with pictures of sea star, sea jelly, whale and grasshopper.
Which animal does not live here? (grasshopper)
Why? (Grasshoppers eat grass and they cannot breathe underwater)
Why do sea stars live in the ocean? (They eat clams and they can breathe underwater)
Also included: one student worksheet showing 3 animals and 3 habitats, match the correct animal to his habitat
Activity 3: Create a Creature! The NGSS standard K-ESS3-1 asks us to "use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live." This is a project I do with my kinders where I ask them to create an imaginary creature that requires 3 different things – food, shelter, and a certain climate. The imaginary creature is created by rolling a die with pictures on it (included in this packet)- one die for the body shape, one for the antennae shape, and one for the body pattern. Everyone draws their creature and decides on what it needs. From that information, each student has to figure out a good habitat for the creature to live in. My students love making these imaginary creatures & always ask to make more than one! I let them do 2-3 total. This project is a fun way to ensure that my students are understanding the idea that there is a relationship between what living things need and where they live.
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