Monday, November 25, 2013

Teaching Science with Kidlit: NGSS Performance Expectation 1-LS1-1, Part 2

1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. [Clarification Statement: Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.]

Like I said last week, this is a very meaty PE, so we’re going to look at it bit by bit. Today’s focus in on how animals find, catch, and eat food. Let’s face it, this is a fun topic, and there are lots of great books to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites.

A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson

Just One Bite by Lola M. Schafer

(Lola has a brand-new book called Swamp Chomp. I haven’t read it yet, but my guess is that it would also be perfect for a lesson on this topic.)
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre
Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre
Pinduli by Janell Cannon
Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins

Activity 1
Invite students to select some of the animals they’ve learned about and make a book of their own. Titles might include: How Animals Find Their Food, How Animals Catch Their Food, How Animals Eat Their Food.

Activity 2
After students have buddied up, give each pair a large, square piece of construction paper and put out variety of art supplies. Assign each team one of the animals they read about (frog, giraffe, octopus, whale, parrot, elephant, butterfly) and one of the three food-related actions (finding, catching, eating). Encourage the buddies to work together to create and label an image that shows how their animal uses its body parts to accomplish the assigned action.

When the students are done, use their drawings to create an Animal Lunch Quilt on the wall outside your classroom. Write the following questions above or below the quilt:

·   Can you find an animal looking for food? What body part is that animal using?

·   Can you find an animal catching or grasping food? What body part is that animal using?

·   Can you find an animal eating food? What body part is that animal using?

Then invite students in other classrooms to visit the quilt and test their knowledge about what animals eat.



  1. Animal lunch quilt - what fun! But why stop there.... why not prepare an animal lunch? Serve the different kinds of foods animals eat (that we might also want to try).... a salad with edible flowers (nectar) and bird seeds (sunflower seeds, pepitas), squirrel food (nuts) and bear food (honey, fish or blueberries).

  2. Great idea, Sue. Thanks for your contribution.