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How Do Living Things Stay Safe And Grow?

This Module Is Being Field Tested And Will Be Available For Purchase In 2020.

How Do Living Things Stay Safe And Grow?

How Do Living Things Stay Safe and Grow?  is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 1 standards. It has a focus on life science with a secondary focus on engineering. In this module, students:

  • Use observations of adult plants and animals as evidence that offspring are very similar to, but not exactly like their parents. 
  • Obtain information from text, images, video, and a computer game to determine how patterns of behavior help offspring survive. 
  • Explore how external parts of plants and animals help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. 
  • Mimic external parts of plants and animals in designing a tool to solve a human problem.
  • Apply knowledge of behaviors and external parts to “survive” in a hypothetical game.

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module. 

Lesson 1: What Am I?

Ada Asks Introduction
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Ada introduces students to the module.

Lesson 1: What Am I?

What Am I Answers
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This file shows the correct sorting of the cards.

Lesson 2: Like Parent, Like Offspring

Plant Instructions
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This file has instructions for the activity.

Lesson 3: Cubs and Chicks

Young Dama Gazelle
https://youtu.be/9uol-vtf-sI
This link shows a video of a young gazelle at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Lesson 3: Cubs and Chicks

Animal Instructions
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This file has instructions for the activity.

Lesson 3: Cubs and Chicks

Bald Eagle 
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This file shows several photos of bald eagles.

Lesson 4: One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

Discussion Rules
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This file has simplified rules for engaging in argument from evidence.

Lesson 5: Staying Alive

Penguin Feeding
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This video shows a chinstrap chick feeding from a parent.

Lesson 6: Penguin Protector

Rockhopper Penguin
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This photo shows adult and young rockhopper penguins.

Lesson 6: Penguin Protector

Penguin Protection
http://ssec.si.edu/sites/default/files/games/PenguinProtecti...
This is a digital game about animal behavior.

Lesson 6: Penguin Protector

Penguin Challenges
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This file contains photos of behaviors. 

Lesson 7: Use What You’ve Got

Claws
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This file has photos of different animals and their claws.

Lesson 8: Mimic and Make

Ada Asks Engineering
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Ada introduces students to the engineering task.