Essential Questions

  How do living things depend on their environments and their structures to stay alive?    

What changes do organisms go through in their life cycles?                                                      

Why do organisms resemble their parents?


1.9  Organisms and environments.  The student knows that the living environment is composed of relationships between organisms and the life cycles that occur.  The student is expecte to:

(A)  sort and classsify living and nonliving things based upon whether or not they have basic needs and produce offspring.

(B)  analyze and record examples of interdependence found in various situations such as terrariums and aquariums or pet and caregiver.

(C)  gather evidence of interdependence among living organisms such as energy transfer through food chains and animals using plants for shelter.

1.10:  Organisms and environments.  The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments.  The student is expected to:

(A)  investigate how the external charaacteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.

(B)  identify and compare the parts of plants.

(C)  compare ways that young animals resemble their parents.

(D)  observe and record llife cycles of animals such as chicken, frog, or fish.





Introductory PowerPoint lesson on the characteristics of organisms.

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Students compare and contrast a bee and a sunflower on a double bubble thinking map. 



Four question assessment with questions increasing in level of thinking difficulty. 


Looking For Organisms.docx

The students complete this worksheet when we visit the Wildflower Center.  Each student takes a clipboard and a pen.  The sheets give the students a focus as they move through the center.