This unit was designed specifically to address the Next Generation Science Standards for 1st grade for life science:
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.
1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
Activities included in this unit:
Activity 1: Humans Copy Animals and Plants: For this activity students work in cooperative groups to match human inventions with the plant or animal that inspired the design.
Activity 2: What Can You Make?: Students are tasked with inventing something that uses ideas from a plant or animal structure.
Activity 3: Animals and Their Offspring: Resources (video links and literature suggestions) are provided for students to learn about how animals care for their young.
Activty 4: Student Note Pages: To coincide with the videos and books, students keep track of their learning through writing or pictures, depending on the level of your students.
Activty 5: Whose Baby Is It?: Students use picture cards to match parent animals with their babies. Some are more challenging than others.
Activty 6: Comparing Animals and Offspring: Students compare parents and offspring of different animals and describe similarities and differences.
Activity 7: Animal Poster Reports: As a culmination to the unit students create animal posters in cooperative groups. A grading rubric with a focus on presentation skills is included.
Activty 8: Word Wall Cards and Games: Word wall cards for the unit with suggested activities are included
Post Test: A post test is included.
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Click on the links to see the other units for 1st grade:
Waves: Light and Sound
Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles
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