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Grade K. During 4 lessons spanning 14 class sessions, Living Things and Their Needs provides students the opportunity to investigate and observe what plants and animals need to survive. Building Blocks of Science® lessons are structured in 30-minute class sessions, making it easy to fit science into your day. The Living Things and Their Needs 3-Use Unit Kit includes a Teacher’s Guide (item #515622) and enough supplies and apparatus to teach the unit 3 times to a class of up to 24 students.
Grade K. In 4 lesson spanning 14 class sessions, Living Things and Their Needs provides students the opportunity to investigate and observe what plants and animals need to survive. Students begin by identifying living and non-living things and discussing characteristics of living things and what they need to survive. They investigate these needs through the germination and growth of their own plants and through behavioral observations of live classroom animals, bessbugs. Students are introduced to the concept of environmental change and explore the impact that environmental change has on living things. This unit concludes with students developing a solution that will reduce the impact of humans on the environment.
Building Blocks of Science® lessons are structured in 30-minute class sessions, making it easy to fit science into your day. The Living Things and Their Needs 3-Use Unit Kit includes a Teacher’s Guide (item #515622), teacher and student access to digital materials, and enough supplies and apparatus to teach the unit 3 times to a class of up to 24 students. Kit also includes a coupon for prepaid delivery of the living organisms.
Next Generation Science Standards®
The Building Blocks of Science® unit Living Things and Their Needs integrates process skills as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards®.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
Science and Engineering Practices
This unit offers several ways to assess students, including a pre- and a post-unit assessment opportunity. Teachers can also use class discussions and charts to assess each lesson. Student Activity Sheets and science notebook entries—including drawings, writings, and dictated statements—can be used to gauge individual understanding of objectives and key vocabulary throughout the unit. The Assessment Observation Sheets supplied with each lesson help teachers document and measure students’ progress and knowledge using informal assessment. A general rubric is provided to help teachers evaluate individual students at any point in the unit. The rubric provides a progression of skills and understanding that covers exploration, vocabulary, concept building, and notebook entries. Finally, a summative assessment gives teachers the opportunity to evaluate students’ understanding of the science concepts explored during the unit.
Lesson 1: Living and Non-Living Things
In this pre-assessment lesson, students classify objects as living and non-living. They discuss the similarities among all living things and what living things need in order to live. They plant their own seeds and observe bessbugs.
Lesson 2: Needs of Living Things
Students continue to observe and describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive by designing and performing two investigations. First, the class sets up an investigation to determine what plants need to grow well. By varying the growing conditions and observing the effects of these conditions on the plants over several days, students will determine plants’ needs for survival. Next, students investigate habitat and food preferences of the bessbugs. Students continue to monitor and record the growth of their pumpkin plants.
Lesson 3: Living Things and Their Environment
Students are introduced to the term environment, and discover that it is a system made up of plants, animals, and their surroundings. Through multiple activities, students observe the changes that plants and animals make to their surroundings to meet their needs. At the end of the lesson, students draw a model of one way that a plant or animal interacts with and changes its environment to meet its needs. Students continue to monitor and record the growth of their pumpkin plants.
Lesson 4: Protecting the Environment
In this final lesson, students review what they have learned about living things during the unit. They revisit and revise their responses to the opening questions from Lesson 1. They will relate their understanding of what living things do and need to live to their pumpkin plants by revisiting their final journal entry. Students are asked to think about how humans change their local environment and how those changes can be both positive and negative. Students work in pairs to brainstorm solutions to help reduce the impact humans have on their local environment. They make posters to communicate these solutions to their classmates.
|Living Things and Their Needs Live Coupon (bessbugs and rotting wood)||3||Included|
|Unit Technology Pack (includes digital access to teacher’s guide and student digital access to student reader)||1||Included|
|Discovering Animals Student Reader||1||Included|
|Photo Cards, Environment, Set of 8||1||Included|
|Photo Cards, Living and Non-Living, Set of 10||1||Included|
|Carolina™ Large Choice Chamber Kit||4||Included|
|Dishpan, Plastic, White, 12 qt||1||Included|
|Cup, Plastic, Squat, 9 oz||16||Included|
|Cup, Plastic, Tall, 9 oz||132||Included|
|Soil, Seed Starter Potting, 16 qt||2||Included|
|Sprayer, Plant Mister||2||Included|
|Bottle, Plant Mister||2||Included|