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Activities:

Clarifying Objective

Suggested Activity

1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter
and that these may be found in their environment.



1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in
North Carolina or different places throughout the world.

This is a Layered Curriculum
for Essential Standard 1.L.1
shared by Margaret Huneycutt
at McAlpine ES.


1.L.1.3 Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the
growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering).

Science Kit Activities:


STRAND: ECOSYSTEMS GRADE: 1st
Essential Standard:
1.L.1 Understand characteristics of various environments and behaviors of humans that enable plants and animals to survive.
Clarifying Objective:
1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.
1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.
1.L.1.3 Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering).
Activity
Materials
1.L.1.2 What do living things need to survive? Teacher will prepare before lesson a 6 foot piece of yarn tied/knotted together to create a circle (one circle of yarn for each group of students). Then in the students notebooks have them create a T chart Living and Non living. Lesson: Take students outside with the circle of yarn and magnifying glasses. Have the students find as many living and non living things inside of their circles and draw or write what they are under the correct column. Once back inside make a chart as a whole class. Talk about how the living things in the circle use the non-living things to survive. Reference McMillan McGraw-Hill 1st Grade A10-A19 and B4-B9
Yarn (general items box)
Magnifying glass
Notebooks/ Journals
1.L.1.1 How do plants, animals, and people depend on one another for food and sometimes shelter?
Students will create bird feeders by using cardboard tubes. Use a hole punch to make two holes at the top of the cardboard tubes. Then thread the string through the holes and knot off (the teacher may want to do this part a head of time). Have the students spread Frosting or Crisco all over the tube. Then have the students roll the tube on a plate of birdseed until the whole tube is covered. Have the students make predictions and observations about the birds that come to the feeder and/or how the feeder will change over time. Also, discuss what a bird does if people do not leave feeders out for them. - plants . . . migrate... die...
Cardboard Tubes
Birdseed
String or Yarn (general items box)
Plate
Frosting or Crisco (must purchase this ahead of time)
1.L.1.1 Why do different organisms live in different places? The students will get a mixture of animals; birds, farm, ocean, insects, reptiles and plants. In groups have the students classify the animals into groups on top of a map of North Carolina Regions; Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal based on their needs from their environment. As a whole class discuss the student created classifications and how their needs are met based on their classification groups. *Make connections to the NC regions; Mountains, Piedmont and Coast. Pg. B30-B53
Toy Eagles
Farm Animals
Assorted Ocean Animals
Assorted Mountain Animals
Assorted Insects
Assorted Reptiles and Amphibians
1.L.1.1 What are the needs of a plant? Students will plant 6 plants as a whole class. Plant 1: soil, Plant 2: No soil. Sprinkle seeds on a damp sponge. Plant 3: Little Water: 10ml of water, Plant 4: Lot of water: 30 ml of water, Plant 5 Sunlight, Plant 6 no sunlight (place in a closet or cupboard). Make sure each plant that has soil uses 3/4th cup of soil the plants that are not testing amount of water will get 20ml of water.
Fast Growing Seeds or Grass Seeds
5 Clear Plastic Cups
6 Medicine Cups
Potting Soil
Measuring Cup
Sponge
1.L.1.3 How can humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there. Students will explore how different materials can break down to create nutrient rich soil for plants. In 4 different plastic jars place 1 cup of soil. Then place one type of material that could be recycled or reused. Bag 1, paper, 2, food scrap, 3 glass, 4, plastic. Then place 1 more cup of soil in each bag to cover it up. Then place a few worms in each bag to help the materials decompose. Keep the soil moist. Check the bag twice a week and observe the changes. Brainstorm with the students what else the plastic and glass things could be used for since they don’t break down like the food and paper does. Talk about how the paper and food soil is helpful for new plant growth when re-used in a garden or in nature.
Soil
Worms
Plastic
Paper
Food Scrap
Glass
4 gallon zip lock bags
Water

Technology Connection:

http://classroom.jc-schools.net/sci-units/plants-animals.html
http://www.nebo.edu/misc/learning_resources/ppt/6-12/habitats.ppt