This compressed file contains both a PowerPoint and equivalent SmartBoard presentation that teach the basic concepts of plants and animals that are appropriate for first grade children. (Remember do not save the SmartBoard presentation when you exit, so it is always ready for the next showing.) The preview will show you exactly what the files contain. Included are 33 worksheets for teaching and assessing mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards for first grade. The worksheets include an answer key for the pages where that would be necessary.
(Although these files are specifically designed for first grade NGSS standards, second grade teachers may be able to use many of these materials, especially early in the year.)
Next Generation Science Standards first grade concepts covered:
• 1-LS1-1: Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
• 1-LS1-2: Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
• LS1.A (Structure and Function) All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
• LS1.B: (Growth and Development of Organisms) Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
• LS1.D: (Information Processing) Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive. Plants also respond to some external inputs
• 1-LS1-2: (Patterns) Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
• 1-LS1-1: (Structure and Function) The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).
• 1-LS3-1: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
• LS3.A: (Inheritance of Traits) Young animals are very much, but not exactly like, their parents. Plants also are very much, but not exactly, like their parents.
• LS3.B: (Variation of Traits) Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways.