Students will complete an in-depth study of plants by examining their stems, roots, and leaves. A study of animals will also be completed. Animals will be grouped according to their major characteristics. Special emphasis will be placed on observing, classifying, collecting data, and predicting. 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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Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K


BOCES science math plants stems roots leaves animals



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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.L2.2a: Science

Plants and animals closely resemble their parents and other individuals in their species.

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

roots help support the plant and take in water and nutrients

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

leaves help plants utilize sunlight to make food for the plant

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

stems, stalks, trunks, and other similar structures provide support for the plant

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

seeds contain stored food that aids in germination and the growth of young plants

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

seeds disperse by a plant s own mechanism and/ or in a variety of ways that can include wind, water, and animals

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

leaf, flower, stem, and root adaptations may include variations in size, shape, thickness, color, smell, and texture

SCI.K-4.4.L4.2b: Science

Food supplies the energy and materials necessary for growth and repair.

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.L5.2g: 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.

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.L2.1: Math, Science and Technology

recognize that traits of living things are both inherited and acquired or learned.

SMT.PK-6.4.L2.2: Math, Science and Technology

recognize that for humans and other living things there is genetic continuity between generations.

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.L4.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe the major stages in the life cycles of selected plants and animals.

SMT.PK-6.4.L4.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe evidence of growth, repair, and maintenance, such as nails, hair, and bone, and the healing of cuts and bruises.

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.

SCI.5.9.D: Science

identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals.
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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.

Component Ratings:

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

Reviewer Comments:

In this comprehensive five to nine week unit, early elementary students (targeted for grade 2) will identify the parts of flower and study seed dispersal and germination. They will investigate roots, stems, and leaves then move on to characterize the major groups of animals. Finally, students will study animal tracks (including their own fingerprints). 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. Once necessary materials are gathered, this excellent unit can be used immediately in the classroom

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