Structure & Function | How Organisms Live, Behave, Reproduce, Grow | 4th NGSS

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Structure & Function: How Organisms Live, Behave, Reproduce, Grow Science Stations for Fourth Grade Next Generation Science Standards include 8 different science stations where students deepen their understanding of internal and external structures and functions of plants and animals that support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

The focus is on 4-LS1.A and includes concepts such as the structure and function of flowers, belly buttons, muscular and skeletal systems, bird structures to support flight, the human heart, trees, animals in arctic areas, leaves, and other organisms.

By working through this set of stations, students will gain a robust understanding of the properties of structure and function. In Fourth Grade, students are expected to “construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction” (4-LS1-1). This correlates with the DCI 4- LS1.A, which states, “Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.”

All stations in this set meet the DCI, helping students gain an understanding of the biological principle that “form fits function,” or organisms’ structures are necessary for the survival of the organism and of the species. The Investigate and Model stations go into more detail and help students construct arguments that specific structures are necessary for specific functions in the organism’s life, as outlined in the Performance Expectation.

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Structure and Function Stations Include

Vocabulary Cards in two formats with and without pictures.

Big Idea Posters that explain the key concepts.

Watch a Video - Students watch one of two videos and then answer questions about the videos. Videos include: the structure and function of flowers and the structure and function of belly buttons.

Play a Game - Students play a video game and learn about the structures and functions of the muscular and skeletal systems or the structures and functions of plant growth and reproduction.

Investigate Bird Structures for Flight - Students read about bird structures which suit them for flight. They examine a bird femur, sternum, and feather. Students then answer questions to reinforce the concepts learned.

Diagram the Human Heart - Students read about the human heart. Students fill out a diagram of the human heart and answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Read All About Trees - Students read about trees and learn how structures are adapted for their functions. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Model Animal Insulation - Students read about structures and function that enable some animals to live in arctic environments. They do an activity that models structures of these animals. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Explore Leaves and Photosynthesis - Students read about structures and functions of leaves in order to explore photosynthesis. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Sort Plants and Organisms - Students read about plants and organisms that are commonly mistaken as plants. They sort the organisms into their kingdoms. Students then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Google Classroom™️ Components Include:

► Google Forms™️ with Reading Passages, Differentiated Questions and Links to the Videos and Games (all stations)

► Google Slides™️ with Activity Directions & Worksheets to record results (Investigate, Diagram, Model, Explore, and Sort)

While we have included Google Slides, many of the stations are hands-on.

Differentiated Responses

Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in the blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.

Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.

Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


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