Life Cycles & Traits

Grades K-2

This field trip covers the life cycle of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants with a focus on growth and development of organisms found in our native habitats. We explore traits of specific animals that enable them to progress to the next stage of development. We will discuss interdependent relationships in the ecosystem including how animals and plants utilize natural resources and how organisms can change their environment. When possible, we will use live animals or models to enhance identifiable live cycle stages. Weather permitting there may be an exploratory walk.

Program Details

Program length: 90 minutes

Minimum: 10 Maximum: 50

Program length: 120 minutes
Minimum: 51 Maximum: 80

Chaperones required: 1 chaperone per 15 students

Cost: $5 per person

Next Generation Science Standards

ESS2.E  Biogeology (K-ESS2-2)
ESS3.A  Natural Resources (K-ESS3-1)
ESS3.C  Human Impacts on Earth Systems (K-ESS3-3)
LS1.A  Structure and Function (1-LS1-1)
LS1.B  Growth and Development of Organisms (1-LS1-2)
LS2.A  Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (2-LS2-1)
LS3.A  Inheritance of traits (1-LS3-1)
LS3.B  Variation of traits (1-LS3-1)

Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum

Standard 3: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1
Standard 4: Topic C, Indicator 1; Topic E, Indicator 1
Standard 5: Topic A, Indicator 2