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2.4 Life Cycles
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This instructional plan combined Science SOL 2.4a,b and WIDA English Language Development Standards. The lesson includes several activity options. Note: Some images may not appear in the "Overview". To view all images in this instructional plan, click "download" at the bottom of the overview. 

Subject:
ESL
English Language Development (ELD)
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VDOE Project Team
Christa Clore-Edmonds
Date Added:
07/22/2021
CK-12 Life Science Concepts for Middle School
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CK-12’s Life Science delivers a full course of study in the life sciences for the middle school student, relating an understanding of the history, disciplines, tools, and modern techniques of science to the exploration of cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, evolution, prokaryotes, protists,fungi, plants, animals, invertebrates, vertebrates, human biology, and ecology. This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Date Added:
11/29/2012
Classification Activity 1: What is Classification? (Grades 2-5)
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Students explore the importance and process of classification. Students apply the concept of biological classification to a real hierarchy of birds, analyzing bird photos and organizing them into groups based on physical characteristics.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classification Activity 2: Animal Classification (Grades 2-5)
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Students use EOL Species Cards to sort and make observations of animals, then use the RAFT writing strategy to create short presentations about the characteristics of each major group of animals.

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classifying Animals by Appearance Versus DNA Sequence
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The topic of this video module is how to classify animals based on how closely related they are. The main learning objective is that students will learn how to make phylogenetic trees based on both physical characteristics and on DNA sequence. Students will also learn why the objective and quantitative nature of DNA sequencing is preferable when it come to classifying animals based on how closely related they are. Knowledge prerequisites to this lesson include that students have some understanding of what DNA is and that they have a familiarity with the base-pairing rules and with writing a DNA sequence.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Megan E. Rokop
Date Added:
05/24/2019
Color, Discover, Imagine and Create with the Chrysler Collection
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On the front, students are offered a coloring page based on an object in our collection. On the back, through the lenses of "DISCOVER, IMAGINE, CREATE" students can learn a little about the object, think critically and creatively about the object, and do another related creative activity.

Subject:
Humanities
Visual Art
World History
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Activity/Lab
Visual Media
Author:
Chrysler Museum of Art
Date Added:
04/10/2020
Common Core Curriculum Grade 1 ELA: Listening and Learning Strand
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The goal of the Listening and Learning Strand is for students to acquire language competence through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science by being exposed to carefully selected, sequenced, and coherent read-alouds. The 9 units (or domains) provide lessons (including images and texts), as well as instructional objectives, core vocabulary, and assessment materials. The domain topics include: Different Lands, Similar Stories; Fables and Stories; The Human Body; Early World Civilizations; Early American Civilizations; Astronomy; Animals & Habitats; Fairy Tales; and History of the Earth.

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Visual Media
Provider:
EngageNY
Date Added:
08/09/2019
Common Misconceptions about Mammals
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This article lists common misconceptions about mammals. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

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Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Connecting Classrooms, Sharing Real Data
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This article describes six collaborative and real data projects that engage elementary students in collecting and sharing local data and communicating with students across the country and world.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Create an Illuminated Alphabet Word Book
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Students create a class alphabet book or "ABCDarium," a book that uses images of animals or objects to illustrate each letter of the alphabet. The book is in the style of a medieval illuminated manuscript and incorporates both art and writing. Students decorate large uppercase letters of the alphabet and draw an original picture to illustrate each letter.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Provider:
J. Paul Getty Museum
Provider Set:
Getty Education
Date Added:
05/03/2022
Critter Catalog: Creating a Field Guide to Animals
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This activity will help students learn about Minnesota animals and characteristics that distinguish them from one another.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Finding the Animals: A Visual Exploration of Art
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Students participate in a "thirty-second look," followed by a class discussion about Jan Brueghel's painting "The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark". Students then use description words and complete sentences to write about their favorite animal in the painting; draw the animal using line, color, and shape; and present their work to the class.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Visual Art
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Provider:
J. Paul Getty Museum
Provider Set:
Getty Education
Date Added:
05/03/2022
Hands-on Lessons and Activities about the Tundra and Ecosystems
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This article highlights hands-on or multimedia lesson plans about the tundra and ecosystem concepts. Science lessons are paired with suggested literacy lesson plans. All lessons are aligned to national standards.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
05/29/2019
I Spy (Camouflaged Animals in Art!)
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Students discuss how the environment influences animal characteristics by looking at Hans Hoffmann's painting "A Hare In the Forest". After the discussion, students research an animal that uses camouflage, paint that animal within its environment, and write a sentence describing its habitat. Students use this as a basis on which to write a sequential narrative about their animal and its relationship to its environment. This lesson is an extension to the "Open Court Reader" second grade unit on animal camouflage called "Look Again."

Subject:
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Provider:
J. Paul Getty Museum
Provider Set:
Getty Education
Date Added:
05/03/2022
Investigating Animals: Interdependence of Life In A Habitat
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This activity is a field investigation where students will observe, discuss, and gather evidence on how environmental changes affect animals that live in that habitat.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Julie Carroll
Date Added:
05/29/2019