Curriculum

What Do Plants And Animals Need To Live?

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What Do Plants And Animals Need To Live?

What Do Plants and Animals Need to Live? 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 kindergarten standards. It has a focus on life science with a secondary focus on engineering design. In this module, students:

  • Plan and carry out investigations about the growth of radish plants 
  • Obtain information from live organisms, media, and texts about the patterns of what plants and animals need to live and grow
  • Develop and use models that represent the relationships between plants and animals and their environment
  • Communicate solutions that reduce human impact on plants in the environment

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

Module

Blackline Masters
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This file contains the notebook sheets, notebook sheet prompts, and activity sheets for the module. 

Lesson 1: A Mystery at School

Ada Asks Introduction
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Ada shows students several photos of mysterious circumstances at her school related to what plants and animals need to live and grow. 

Lesson 2: Making a Plant Plan

Ada Asks Plant 
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This photo shows the dead plant from the Ada Asks Introduction file. 

Lesson 3: Plant Patterns

Plant Results
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These photos show the results of the radish plant experiment in Lessons 2 and 3 in the event that the classroom experiment fails. 

Lesson 4: Hungry, Hungry Caterpillars

Caterpillar
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Photos of a painted lady larva (caterpillar) and adult painted lady butterfly feeding on thistle.

Plant
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This file shows a mallow plant before and after being eaten by painted lady caterpillars. 

Caterpillars Feeding
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This video shows painted lady caterpillars feeding on mallow plants. 

Lesson 5: What’s on the Menu?

Animals
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Photos of the various animals featured in the “What’s on the Menu?” story. 

Lesson 6: Helpful Habitats

Bobcat
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This photo shows a bobcat sheltering from snow. 

Underground Mouse
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This photo shows a mouse moving through a subway station. 

Lesson 7: Modeling Habitats

Rabbit Habitat
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Photos of a rabbit sensing danger and running into a burrow. 

Lesson 8: Changing for the Better

Holes
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This photo shows the holes in the ground from the Ada Asks Introduction file. 

Caterpillar Tent
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This photo shows the supportive structures spun by the painted lady caterpillars in their cup of medium. 

Lesson 9: Solving Sidewalks

Tree and Sidewalk
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This photo shows the tree and sidewalk from the Ada Asks Introduction file. 

Ada Asks Sidewalk Problem
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Ada returns to the tree and sidewalk problem from the Introduction file and asks students to weigh criteria and constraints and help her find a solution. 

Sidewalk Solutions
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Photos of various engineering strategies for fixing sidewalk-tree interactions. 

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