Standard 3/Elementary/Benchmark 1
Benchmark Question: What characteristics of living
things are passed on through generations?
Focus Question: What physical characteristics are
shared between a young living thing and its parent?
Students will each select a
plant or animal (encourage no repeats!). Each child then will obtain two
pictures of that plant or animal, one as an immature organism and one as a
mature organism. Pictures can be provided by the teacher or found on the
computer. Students then will mount the pictures on two 3 x 5 cards. The
teacher then will divide the class into small groups. Each member will put
his or her two picture cards face down on a desk, mixed with the other
membersŐ cards. In turn, students will flip one card over and attempt to
find its mate. If no match is found after a child has turned up two cards,
both cards are turned back over and play progresses to the next student. A
student making a match must explain the shared characteristics to keep the
matched cards. Play ends when all matches have been made.