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Living Things and Their Needs

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Paula Cutler, BA
Living Things and Their Needs

 
© Stephen Bonk.

  • Grades:
  • K-2

The Living Things and Their Needs Teacher's Guide allows very young students to explore living and non-living things, and learn about the basic needs of plants, animals and people. (10 activities)

Students learn the difference between basic survival needs of human beings and things which are not essential for life, what plants need to grow, the difference between a worm model and a live worm, the difference between a plant and an animal, food and food preparation for humans, and that living things all need air, water, food and a "place to be." The guide provides the following hands-on activities.

  1. Pre-Assessment - What do students already know?

  2. Need or Want? - What is the difference between basic survival needs of human beings and things not essential for life?

  3. Needs of Plants - What do plants need to grow?

  4. Animals’ Needs - What is the difference between a worm model and a live worm?

  5. Plant or Animal? - What is the difference between a plant and an animal?

  6. Food for Kids - How does cooking make some foods easier to eat?

  7. We Need Water - Where can we get the water we need every day?

  8. Air and Breathing - What is breathing?

  9. A Place To Be - Can animals be matched to their “places to be”?

  10. Post-Assessment - What have students learned?

The guide also is designed to be used with Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun (student storybook), and two supplements, The Reading Link and The Math Link (language arts and mathematics worksheets activities related to the storybook).

Although the activities are most appropriate for use with students in grades K–2, the lessons are easily adaptable for other grade levels. The guide also is available in print format.

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Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Filling the Gaps: K-6 Science/Health Education
Grant Number: 5R25RR013454

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