Standard 5/Elementary/Benchmark 3
Benchmark Question: In what ways are various kinds of
living things adapted (suited) to survive in their environments?
Focus Question: What do plants and animals need in
order to live?
Tell students they are going
to design an ecosystem that will include everything needed to sustain life
for a specific plant or animal. Have one member from each group draw the
name of an animal or plant from a bag, can, etc.
Students will research an
ecosystem studied by Rachel
Carson or another field biologist. Using the writing process, students
will write a report explaining how the ecosystem they have researched
supports the life of their plant or animal. Using the steps of the writing
process, they will make sure that all vocabulary is used.
Each group will construct a
model of the ecosystem they have researched and label the presence of the
seven needs of life.
Each group will present
their ecosystem model to the class and explain how the ecosystem supports
the life of each plant or animal in the model.