Amazing Animals

In this unit, students begin their exploration of animals and animal adaptations by reading a collection of nonfiction texts. 

Unit Summary

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In this science-based unit, students begin their exploration of animals and animal adaptations. Using next-generation science standards as a guide, students explore three main topics: how different animals use their body parts and senses in different ways in order to survive, the ways in which the behavior of different animal parents and offspring help the offspring survive, and the similarities and differences among individual animals of the same kind. This unit is part of a larger progression on understanding animals and the animal kingdom. In kindergarten, students learn about how animals meet their basic needs for survival and how that varies depending on the season. In 2nd grade, students learn about different habitats and how animals in the habitat rely on the environment for survival. Then in 3rd grade, students study animal adaptations and the different ways animals adapt in order to survive, especially when threatened by environmental changes. It is our hope that this unit, in combination with others in the sequence, will help students develop a deeper understanding of the animal kingdom and life science.

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Texts and Materials

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Core Materials

Assessment

This assessment accompanies this unit and should be given on the suggested assessment day or after completing the unit.

Unit Prep

Essential Questions

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  • How do animals use their body parts to survive?
  • What behaviors do parents, siblings, and babies engage in to help each other survive?
  • In what ways are individual animals of the same kind similar? In what ways can they differ?

Writing Focus Areas

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Sentence-Level Focus Areas

  • Write complete sentences.
  • Write different types of sentences (statements, questions, exclamations, and commands)
  • Use different question words when writing questions (who, what, where, when, why, and how).

In this unit, students continue to work on crafting strong sentences. Building on work done in Unit 1, students should continue to notice the difference between complete sentences and fragments. Students learn how to use the four different sentence types to describe key ideas in a text. Students also learn how to write specific questions by using a variety of interrogatives.

Vocabulary

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Text-based

cooperate detect disguise excess imitate maneuver poisonous prey predator

To see all the vocabulary for this course, view our 1st Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Content Knowledge and Connections

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  • Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, and move from place to place, and to seek, find, and take in food, water, and air.
  • Adult animals can have young, and the parents engage in behaviors that help the offspring survive.
  • Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival.
  • Different animals respond to different behaviors to help them survive.
  • Individuals of the same kind of animal are recognizable as similar but also vary in many ways.

Lesson Map

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    L.1.1.j

    L.1.2.b

Identify and use simple sentences with correct ending punctuation.

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  • Red-Eyed Tree Frog

    L.1.1.j

    L.1.2.b

Write questions using the words who, what, where, when, why, and how.

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  • Lizards pp. 1 – 15

    RI.1.3

    RI.1.6

    RI.1.7

Explain how lizards are the same and how they are different.

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  • Frogs pp. 1 – 15

    RI.1.3

    RI.1.6

    RI.1.7

Explain how frogs are the same and how they are different.

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  • Frogs p. 16 — to end

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    RI.1.6

    RI.1.7

Explain how frogs are the same and how they are different.

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Assessment

Common Core Standards

Core Standards

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1-LS1-1

1-LS1-2

L.1.1

L.1.1.b

L.1.1.f

L.1.1.g

L.1.1.j

L.1.2

L.1.2.b

L.1.2.d

L.1.2.e

L.1.4

L.1.6

RI.1.2

RI.1.3

RI.1.6

RI.1.7

RI.1.9

SL.1.1

SL.1.2

SL.1.3

SL.1.4

SL.1.5

SL.1.6

W.1.2

W.1.5

W.1.8

Supporting Standards

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L.K.1.d

RI.1.1

RI.1.5