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Living Environment: Traits for Feeding

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<b>Living Environment: Traits for Feeding</b>

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Key Idea:

Individual organisms and species change over time.

“Throughout time, plants and animals have changed depending on their environment. In learning how organisms have been successful in their habitats, students should observe and record information about plants and animals. They should begin to recognize how differences among individuals within a species can help an organism or population to survive. Students at this level will identify the behaviors and physical adaptations that allow organisms to survive in their environment.” From the Elementary Science Core Curriculum Guidelines

Performance Indicator:

Describe how the structures of plants and animals complement the environment of the plant or
animal.

3.1a Each animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.

  • the mouth, including teeth, jaws, and tongue, enables some animals to eat and drink
  • eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin of some animals enable the animals to sense their surroundings
  • claws, shells, spines, feathers, fur, scales, and color of body covering enable some animals to protect themselves from predators and other environmental conditions, or enable them to obtain food
     
<b>Living Environment: Traits for Feeding</b>

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