NGSS Life Science - Structures and Processes of Plants & Animals - 1st Grade

Traci Clausen
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1st - 2nd, Homeschool
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This resource addresses the first grade NGSS Life Science standards that delve into plants and animals, their parent and offspring relationships, their adaptations, structures and features that help them survive in their habitats and how their natural processes help us develop things that help us survive.

This resource covers both NGSS LS1.1 - LS1.3.

The Structures and Processes of Plants and Animals resource is loaded with lessons, activities and resources that help students grasp the concepts, not only in regard to plants and animals, but also how those things relate to humans.

Structures and Processes of Plants and Animals INCLUDES:

Standards Overview – NGSS expectations

Helpful Structures – includes background information/lesson & full color poster

Helpful Structures Safari – full-color and size read-aloud

Helpful Structures Safari – student interactive reader

Design a Feature – activity cards - includes STEM activities, as well as independent and collaborative prompts

Hey, I Can Do That Too! – structures and features activity

Behavior & Response – background information/lesson & full-color poster

Act It Out! Cards – behavior and response group/partner activity cards

Animal Features – background information/lesson & full-color poster

The Same But Different – full-color parent and offspring real life photo cards & graphic organizer

Plant and Animal Safari Cards – with 6 different card games and activities!

Plant and Animal NGSS assessment – includes answer key

Vocabulary Cards – perfect for focus wall and independent work, writing and lesson resources.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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. Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. Examples of patterns of behaviors could include the signals that offspring make (such as crying, cheeping, and other vocalizations) and the responses of the parents (such as feeding, comforting, and protecting the offspring).


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