Monday, December 2, 2013

Teaching Science with Kidlit: NGSS Performance Expectation 1-LS1-1, Part 3

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.]

We’re still working our way through PE 1-LS1-1. Here are some books and activity ideas for addressing how animals protect themselves from predators.

What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? by Steve Jenkins

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins
Disappearing Desmond by Anna Alter
Where in the Wild? by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy

Activity 1
Invite students to choose one of the animals described in What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? and act out its defense strategy. Can other members of the class guess which animal the child is pretending to be?

Activity 2
Create a bulletin board with the title: How Do Animals Protect Themselves from Predators? Provide art materials and time for each student to create a representation of how one of the animals they’ve learned about protects itself from being eaten.

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