NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
• There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water. (2-LS4-1)
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.]
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NGSS Note: Think, question, entertain ideas.
ll. Introductory Activities to Assess Prior Knowledge
A. Simple Activities - that assess students’ understanding of where living things live.
lll. New Knowledge - Text
a. Learning About Where Animals Live: Choose a grouping of animals (from one habitat, country, phylum, class, etc.) in the Animal Database and have students read where in the world each lives (their range) and in what type of habitat.
b. Familiarize students with what animals need to survive and how specific habitats suit their survival needs:
lV. Experiments, Activities, Model-making (Critical Thinking)
1. Inquiry related to the diversity and habitats of living things. Learning Which Biomes are Home to Which Living Things: Choose a biome in the Biomes Database and have students about the animals and plants found in a particular biome or habitat.
2. Creating Models: Have students color Habitat Coloring Pages to learn about which animals live in each type of habitat.
3. Studying Models: Below are some Biodiversity Models of living things in their habitats for students to use as models in their work.
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Amsel, Sheri. "Grade 2 - 2-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2021. June 21, 2021
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