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Science and Technology/Engineering
Curriculum Framework - Spring 2001

Life Science (Biology), Grades PrePreK-2

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Additional Ideas for Developing Investigations and Learning Experiences and Suggested Extensions to Learning in Technology/Engineering are in Appendix III.

Learning Standard Ideas For Developing Investigations And Learning Experiences Suggested Extensions To Learning In Technology/Engineering
Characteristics of Living Things
  1. Recognize that animals (including humans) and plants are living things that grow, reproduce, and need food, air, and water.
  • Draw and record the growth of a plant grown from seeds with different light exposures (vary the duration and intensity of light exposure).
  • Design and construct a habitat for a living organism that meets its needs for food, air and water. (T/E 1.2, 1.2, 2.3)
  1. Differentiate between living and nonliving things. Group both living and nonliving things according to the characteristics that they share.
  • Compare and contrast groups of animals (e.g., insects, birds, fish, or mammals) and look at how animals in these groups are more similar to one another than to animals in other groups.
  1. Recognize that plants and animals have life cycles, and that life cycles vary for different living things.
  • Using either live organisms or pictures/models, observe the changes in form during the life cycle of a butterfly or frog.
  • Discuss the life cycle of a tree.
  • Design and build a habitat for a living organism that can be modified to meet the changing needs of the organism during its life cycle. (T/E 1.1, 1.2)
  1. Describe ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance.
  • Look at and discuss pictures of animals from the same species. Observe and discuss how they are alike and how they are different.
Evolution and Biodiversity
  1. Recognize that fossils provide us with information about living things that inhabited the earth years ago.
  • Look at a variety of fossils or pictures of fossils, including plants, fish, and extinct species. Guess what living organisms they might be related to.
  • Make a fossil print of plant leaves using clay or putty. (T/E 1.1, 1.2)
Living Things and Their Environment
  1. Recognize that people and other animals interact with the environment through their senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.
  • Observe small animals in the classroom while they find food, water, shelter, etc.
  • Talk about how people use their senses every day.
  • Design and build an ant farm. Observe how ants use their senses and how they communicate to each other the location of a food source. (T/E 1.1, 1.2, 1.3)
  1. Recognize changes in appearance that animals and plants go through as the seasons change.
  • Observe and record changes in plants (e.g., trees, flowers, grass) on the playground and around the school during fall, winter, and spring.
  • Visit a maple syrup manufacturing facility. Discuss the sap-to-maple syrup process and the seasonal life cycle of a tree. (T/E 1.1, 1.2)
  1. Identify the ways in which an organism's habitat provides for its basic needs (plants require air, water, nutrients, and light; animals require food, water, air, and shelter).
  • Create a garden habitat for birds and butterflies. Research and plant appropriate flowers.
  • Using simple tools and materials, have students draw pictures of their houses and an animal's habitat. Discuss differences and similarities.(T/E 1.3)

Last Updated: May 1, 2001
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