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Kindergarten - K-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Grade 0 (Kindergarten) - K-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
• All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow. (K-LS1-1)

Performance Expectations Students who demonstrate understanding can:
K-LS1-1. 
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. [Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that animals need to take in food but plants do not; the different kinds of food needed by different types of animals; the requirement of plants to have light; and, that all living things need water.]
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Use the Template and Resource Links to Fulfill NGSS

l. Goals:

  1. Understand that all animals need food in order to live and grow.
  2. Understand that animals obtain their food from plants or from other animals.
  3. Understand that plants need water and light to live and grow.

Essential Questions:

  1. What do animals need to live and grow?
  2. Where do anumals get the food they need?
  3. What do plants need to live and grow?
    NGSS Note: Think, question, entertain ideas.
     

ll. Introductory Activities to Assess Prior Knowledge

A. Simple Activities - that assess students’ understanding of what animals and plants need to live and grow.

Label the Parts of the Plant

Parts of a Plant - Matching

What Plants Need - Matching

 

What Do Living Things Need? Fill in The Blank

What Do Living Things Need - Matching

What Living Things Need - Labeling

 

All Animals Eat Food - Matching

Meat Eater or Plant Eater? Card Sorting

Animal Diets: Print-Copy-Cut-Paste

What Do I Eat? Match the Animal to its Food

African Grassland Food Web Puppet Show (Pre-K- Grade 2)

Food Web on the African Savannah - Critical Thinking

What Rainforest Animals Eat - Matching

What Desert Animals Eat - Matching

 

 lll. New Knowledge - Text

A. Read to your students about what animals and plants need to eat to live and grow.

What Animals and Plants Need to Live and Grow - Read Aloud

What Plants Need Poster

Food Webs
Food Web Activities

Photosynthesis Simplified (Elementary Levels)

 

B. Examples of Models (depicts the concept expressed in the reading):

Ask students to look at the models of what living things need and ask them about what they think they need to live.

What Animal Need Diagram
what animals need to live Poster
Food Web Posters
amazon rainforest foodweb
lV. Experiments, Activities, Model-making (Critical Thinking)

Inquiry related to the plant's needs of water and air.
Parts of a Plant - Model Making Activity

What Plants Need to Grow - Investigation

Learning About Plants - Make a Terrarium
Photosynthesis - A Simple Experiment

 

Photosynthesis - A Simple Experiment
 

V. Summarize Knowledge - Enduring Understandings

  1. All animals need food in order to live and grow.
  2. Animals obtain their food from plants or from other animals.
  3. Plants need water and light to live and grow.

Vl. New Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) - Kindergarten

Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
• All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow. (K-LS1-1)

Science and Engineering Practices (NGSS)

Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyzing data in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to collecting, recording, and sharing observations.
• Use observations (firsthand or from media) to describe patterns in the natural world in order to answer scientific questions. (K-LS1-1)

Connections to Nature of Science

Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence
• Scientists look for patterns and order when making observations about the world. (K-LS1-1)

Crosscutting Concepts (NGSS)

Patterns
• Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence. (K-LS1-1)

Performance Expectations

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

K-LS1-1.  Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.   [Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that animals need to take in food but plants do not; the different kinds of food needed by different types of animals; the requirement of plants to have light; and, that all living things need water.]

Common Core State Standards Connections

ELA/Literacy
W.K.7     Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them). (K-LS1-1)

Mathematics -
K.MD.A.2  Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/”less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. (K-LS1-1)

 

Grade 0 (Kindergarten) - K-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

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