Students discover that variation in plants allows some varieties to survive in near-drought conditions. Next, students learn that different types of rabbits prefer to eat different varieties of plants. Students make the connection between rainfall amount and the rabbit population’s ability to survive by thinking first about rainfall and plants, then about plants and rabbits. Students discover that when certain plants cannot grow and reproduce, the rabbits that eat those plants will not have enough food to survive.


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    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

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    Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
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