Students will identify habitats as the place where basic needs are met for the organisms that live there. A study of the plants and animals of the five major biomes of the world will also be studied. Plant and animal adaptations are a focus. Special emphasis will be placed on observing, discussing, describing, predicting, gathering and interpreting data. Integrated hands-on math activities are also included in this kit. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org


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SCI.K-4.4.L1.1a: Science

Animals need air, water, and food in order to live and thrive.

SCI.K-4.4.L1.1b: Science

Plants require air, water, nutrients, and light in order to live and thrive.

SCI.K-4.4.L1.1c: Science

Nonliving things do not live and thrive.

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.1: Science

wings, legs, or fins enable some animals to seek shelter and escape predators the mouth, including teeth, jaws, and tongue, enables some animals to eat and drink

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.2: Science

the mouth, including teeth, jaws, and tongue, enables some animals to eat and drink

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.3: Science

eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin of some animals enable the animals to sense their surroundings

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.4: Science

claws, shells, spines, feathers, fur, scales, and color of body covering enable some animals to protect themselves from predators and other environmental conditions, or enable them to obtain food

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.5: Science

some animals have parts that are used to produce sounds and smells to help the animal meet its needs

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.6: Science

the characteristics of some animals change as seasonal conditions change (e.g. , fur grows and is shed to help regulate body heat; body fat is a form of stored energy and it changes as the seasons change)

SCI.K-4.4.L5.1b: Science

An organism s external physical features can enable it to carry out life functions in its particular environment.

SCI.K-4.4.L5.2a: Science

Plants respond to changes in their environment. For example, the leaves of some green plants change position as the direction of light changes; the parts of some plants undergo seasonal changes that enable the plant to grow; seeds germinate, and leaves form and grow.

SCI.K-4.4.L5.2b: Science

Animals respond to change in their environment, (e.g. , perspiration, heart rate, breathing rate, eye blinking, shivering, and salivating).

SCI.K-4.4.L5.2c: Science

Senses can provide essential information (regarding danger, food, mates, etc.) to animals about their environment.

SCI.K-4.4.L5.2d: Science

Some animals, including humans, move from place to place to meet their needs.

SCI.K-4.4.L5.2e: Science

Particular animal characteristics are influenced by changing environmental conditions including: fat storage in winter, coat thickness in winter, camouflage, shedding of fur.

SCI.K-4.4.L5.2f: Science

Some animal behaviors are influenced by environmental conditions. These behaviors may include: nest building, hibernating, hunting, migrating, and communicating.

SCI.K-4.4.L5.2g: Science

The health, growth, and development of organisms are affected by environmental conditions such as the availability of food, air, water, space, shelter, heat, and sunlight.

SCI.K-4.4.L6.1c: Science

Animals that eat plants for food may in turn become food for other animals. This sequence is called a food chain.

SCI.K-4.4.L6.1e: Science

An organism s pattern of behavior is related to the nature of that organism s environment, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food and other resources, and the physical characteristics of the environment.

SCI.K-4.4.L6.1f: Science

When the environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce, and others die or move to new locations.

SMT.PK-6.4.L1.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe the characteristics of and variations between living and nonliving things.

SMT.PK-6.4.L1.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe the life processes common to all living things.

SMT.PK-6.4.L3.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe how the structures of plants and animals complement the environment of the plant or animal.

SMT.PK-6.4.L3.2: Math, Science and Technology

observe that differences within a species may give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

SMT.PK-6.4.L5.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe basic life functions of common living specimens (guppy, mealworm, gerbil).

SMT.PK-6.4.L5.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe some survival behaviors of common living specimens.

SMT.PK-6.4.L5.3: Math, Science and Technology

describe the factors that help promote good health and growth in humans.

SMT.PK-6.4.L6.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe how plants and animals, including humans, depend upon each other and the nonliving environment.

SMT.PK-6.4.L6.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe the relationship of the sun as an energy source for living and nonliving cycles.
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-03.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this five to nine week unit, early elementary students (targeted for grade 1) begin by discussing the needs of living things, and observing their own school habitat. Subsequent activities investigate the five major biomes and the adaptations of the plants and animals that live there. Activities have clear objectives and are age-appropriate. This resource includes correlations with NY state standards, though objectives could easily fit in with other standards as well. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, extensive and clear background information materials, preparation instructions, discussion questions, an assessment with answer key, cross-curricular extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. Each student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts and a glossary. The last section in the “kit” is a wiki, and Curriki members are encouraged to edit and build up the existing curriculum. This unit can be used immediately in the classroom, although time should be allotted to find book titles mentioned in the unit.

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