Science Grade 1
Living Organisms and Their Environment
Description: Students will use science inquiry skills to learn about living organisms in their environment. The focus will be on the characteristics and physical structure of living organisms and how those unique features allow organisms to meet their basic needs in their specific habitat.
CT State Science Standards:
Ł Animals need air, water, and food to survive.
Ł Plants need air water and sunlight to survive.
Unwrapped Conceptual Ideas:
Unwrapped Major Skills:
Instructional Strategies That Work:
Letting students lead the discussion with the teacher acting as a guide, allowing students to look closely at a variety of realistic pictures (photographs) of animals in many habitats, providing students the opportunity to come up with their own ways to classify and categorize animals and plants.
organism, plant, animal, mammal, energy, breathe, lungs, gills, absorb, similarities, differences, structure, characteristics, environment, traits, predator, prey, camouflage, stalk, stem, petals, pollen, reproduce
Connections to Literature:
From Seed to Plant, Gail Gibbons
The Tiny Seed, Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Parts of a Plant, Wiley Blevins
Stems, Vijaya Bodach
Seeds, Vijaya Bodach
Connections to Literature (cont.):
Roots, Vijaya Bodach
A Trip to the Zoo, Karen Wallace
Amazing Animals, Rosario Ortiz Santiago
Stellaluna, Janell Cannon
A Color of His Own, Leo Leoni
Overview of Lessons:
Lesson One: Students will identify and classify living and non-living things.
Lesson Two: Students will determine the shared characteristics of all living things.
Lesson Three: Students will determine similarities and differences between plants and animals, and then use this knowledge to classify them.
Lesson Four: Students will become familiar with the different structures common to plants.
Lesson Five: Students will learn about the function of different plants structures and how those structures help plants meet their basic needs.
Lesson Six: Students will learn about how plants structure and diversity is a result of the different environments in which they grow.
Lesson Seven: Students will learn about the different parts of animals and become familiar with the terminology for naming the parts appropriately.
Lesson Eight: Students will learn about how animals have different body structures which allow them to move in their habitats.
Lesson Nine: Students will learn about how an animalís coloring allows them to camouflage in their specific environment.
Lesson Ten: Students will learn about how an animalís different structures allow them to find food in their specific environment.
Culminating Activity: Students will work with a teacher, paraprofessional, or library media specialist to do a report on a specific animal and itís relationship with the environment.