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Topic(s):

Biosphere, Elementary (K-4)

 

Scenario:

Living Things


See those footprints in the sand?
Living things walk on the land.

See that tiger over there?
Living things must eat. Take care.

See that gentle manatee?
Living things swim in the sea.

See that bird up in the sky?
Living things can fly up high.

See that big white polar bear?
Living things breath in the air.

On the land or in the sea.
In the air or next to me.
In the forest or desert bare.
Living things are everywhere.


In this module you will explore and learn about the living things, the biosphere, and its relationship to other Earth spheres. The biosphere contains all Earth's living things. The microorganisms, plants, and animals live in ecological communities called biomes.

Essential Questions about Living Things

What do you know about living things? What are your key questions? As you do the investigations, think about questions like these:
  • How do plants and animals live and die?
  • How do occurrences in other spheres affect the life and death of plants and animals?
  • How do plants and animals affect the land?
  • How do plants and animals affect each other?
  • How is decomposition both an end and a beginning?
  • How does the terrarium support the life needs of the plants and animals?

 

Date: 7/25/2007

Scenario Images:

Kids with Mushroom
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Polar Bear
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Nemo
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Iguana
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Resources:

 

Additional Resources (Cycle A)
Additional resources are provided in the sample investigations.

 

Earth Science Basics (Cycle A)
Need information about Earth's cycles, systems and processes? These resources are for you:

  • Visit an Earth Science Museum. Use the elevator to explore the different floors and learn about Earth's systems, cycles, dinosaurs and more. For kids and teachers.
  • K-4 Earth Science Modules. Four online modules for K-4 students and teachers that include information, games and hands-on investigations exploring biomes, weather and climate, remote sensing and Earth's systems.

 

Living Things Sample Investigations Materials Lists (Cycle A)
A complete listing of all the Living Things investigations, materials needed, and ordering information.

 

Student Resources (Cycle A)


  • Backyard Magic The following three sites belong to a series of environmental education publications produced by the New Brunswick Department of the Environment and Local Government which explore the world of composting.
  • Windows to the Universe for information about Earth and Space science. Great site for teachers, students and parents.
  • Globe Earth Science information and age appropriate resources.

 

Teacher Resources (Cycle A)


  • Backyard Magic The following three sites belong to a series of environmental education publications produced by the New Brunswick Department of the Environment and Local Government which explore the world of composting.
  • Windows to the Universe for information about Earth and Space science. Great site for teachers, students and parents.
  • Globe Earth Science information and age appropriate resources.

 

Student Resources (Cycle B)


  • Kids Crossing Kids Site for information about Cycles; Carbon, Rock, Energy, etc. Has information about climate and climate change.
  • EPA Climate Change Kids Page Exploration and explanation of carbon cycle on land in water.
  • Kids Do Ecology Select Biomes
  • Coral Reef Fishes Learn about the feeding habits and reproduction of coral reef fishes. Check out the "fish of the week."

 

Teacher Resources (Cycle B)


 

Digital Library for Earth System Science (Cycle C)
The ultimate resource for Earth Science lesson plans, investigations and publications.

 

Student Resources (Cycle C)


  • The Great Plant Escape Help Detective Le Plant and his partners Bud and Sprout unlock the amazing mysteries of plants. Students solve one of six cases, such as "Detective Le Plant needs your help to solve the mystery of plant life! To solve this case, you must identify the different parts of plants, what each part does, and how plants grow. Good luck!"
  • The Adventure of Herman Learn all about Herman, the earthworm. Where he came from, his body, and what he needs to survive.
  • Plants and Our Environment Developed by students for students, this site has a Virtual Garden Tour. "This web site is about plants. You will learn about how plants grow and the different parts of a plant. We will tell you how seeds travel and what bees do to help plants. At our web site, you will also learn about plants and their relationship with animals. Students and teachers, be sure to check out our page with plant activities. Please sign our guestbook and let us know what you think. We created a survey for you to fill out because we would like to learn about plants and animals where you live."

 

Teacher Resources (Cycle C)


  • The Great Plant Escape Help Detective Le Plant and his partners Bud and Sprout unlock the amazing mysteries of plants. Students solve one of six cases, such as "Detective Le Plant needs your help to solve the mystery of plant life! To solve this case, you must identify the different parts of plants, what each part does, and how plants grow. Good luck!"
  • The Adventure of Herman Learn all about Herman, the earthworm. Where he came from, his body, and what he needs to survive.
  • Plants and Our Environment Developed by students for students, this site has a Virtual Garden Tour. "This web site is about plants. You will learn about how plants grow and the different parts of a plant. We will tell you how seeds travel and what bees do to help plants. At our web site, you will also learn about plants and their relationship with animals. Students and teachers, be sure to check out our page with plant activities. Please sign our guestbook and let us know what you think. We created a survey for you to fill out because we would like to learn about plants and animals where you live."

 

Sample Investigations:

 

Building a Terrarium (Cycle A)
Build a terrarium. Add plants. Add worms. Watch it change.
Building a Terrarium
Difficulty: beginner

 

Raise Some Brine Shrimp (Cycle A)
Brine shrimp hatch and grow in a very short amount of time. You can raise some brine shrimp and explore the life cycle of these fascinating creatures.

Raise Some Brine Shrimp
Difficulty: beginner

 

Yeasty Beasties (Cycle A)
Explore the properties of living things with yeast.
Difficulty: beginner

 

Living Things Questions (Cycle B)
Work with your teammates to answer each other's questions and these essential questions:

  • How do plants and animals live and die?
  • How do occurrences in other spheres affect the life and death of plants and animals?
  • How do plants and animals affect the land?
  • How do plants and animals affect each other?
  • How is decomposition both an end and a beginning?
  • How does the terrarium support the life needs of the plants and animals?

Difficulty: beginner

 

Living Things Questions (Cycle C)
Design an investigation of your own that will help students ask and seek answers to questions like these:

  • How do plants and animals live and die?
  • How do occurrences in other spheres affect the life and death of plants and animals?
  • How do plants and animals affect the land?
  • How do plants and animals affect each other?
  • How is decomposition both an end and a beginning?
  • How does the terrarium support the life needs of the plants and animals?

Difficulty: beginner

 

 

Standards:

  • Science
    National Science Education Standards - Science Content Standards http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/overview.html#content The science content standards outline what students should know, understand, and be able to do in the natural sciences over the course of K-12 education.
    • GRADES K-4 CONTENT STANDARDS
      • Science as Inquiry (Std A)
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • Life Science (Std C)
        • The characteristics of organisms
        • Life cycles of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
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