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This program provides students a chance to compare and classify organisms by their external features and discusses how specific adaptations help an organism to survive. Students discover through first hand observations the primary similarities and differences of plants and several classes of animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects and arachnids). They learn the basic needs for survival of plants, animals and humans including food, water, shelter, and space come from natural resources. Students also explore the relationship between needs, adaptations and habitat. We utilize models as well as live animals and plants. Includes exploratory walk or outdoor activity, weather permitting.
Program length: 90 minutes Minimum: 10Maximum: 50
Program length: 120 minutes
Minimum: 51Maximum: 100
Chaperones required: 1 chaperone per 15 students Cost: $4.50 per person
Next Generation Science Standards
ESS3.ANatural Resources (K-ESS3-1)
ESS3.CHuman Impacts on Earth Systems (K-ESS3-3)
LS1.A Structure and function (1-LS1-1)
LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in systems (K-LS1-1)
LS1.D Information Processing (1-LS1-1)
LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (2-LS2-1)
Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum
Standard 3: Topic A, Indicator 1 Standard 4: Topic A, Indicator 1