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Plant & Animal Superpowers

Plant & Animal Structures and Survival

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

NGSS Standards covered: K-2-ETS1-1 , 1-LS3-1 , 1-LS1-2 , 1-LS1-1
This unit about plant and animal survival helps students develop the idea that, just like a superhero has special powers, every animal and plant has special parts and behaviors that help them to grow and meet their needs. Less
  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments

Mystery 1: Structure & Survival

Exploration (15 min)
Activity: Find the Best Beak (25 min)
Extras (1.8 hrs)

Read-Along Mystery 2: Parenting & Offspring Survival

book Book: The Ducks in Grandma's Pond (25 min)
Optional Activity: What’s Going On? (20 min)
Extras (30 min)

Mystery 3: Structure & Survival

Exploration (21 min)
Activity: Moth Hide and Seek (25 min)
Extras (1.5 hrs)

Read-Along Mystery 4: Inheritance & Variation of Traits

book Book: Big Ears (25 min)
Optional Activity: Matchup Game (20 min)
Extras (45 min)

Mystery 5: Plants & Engineering

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Wind-Proof Umbrella (40 min)
Extras (4 hrs)

Read-Along Mystery 6: Plant Survival

book Book: Sunshine and Sunflowers (25 min)
Optional Activity: Plants on the Move (15 min)