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Natalie Linville-Mass

Feb 212021
 
What do you notice is happening in this photograph?

The third grade performance expectation 3-LS2-1 asks students to: Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members to survive.

In our third grade informational text for this performance expectation, Safety in Numbers! by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn about the ways animals stick together to stay safe. You can access the text here.

After reading the text, your class can build their own ant farms to observe group behavior:

https://www.generationgenius.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Animal-Group-Behavior-Lesson-Plan-GG.pdf

Or play this simulation game for students to take an active role in learning how group behavior helps members survive.

https://www.siemensstemday.com/downloads?path=activity/Swarm%21.pdf&fid=416&section=educators

Safety in Numbers is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation.  All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level.  You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts:  Science Your Way here.

NGSS Informational Texts for Second Grade: Seeds Everywhere!

 Posted by on January 25, 2021  Content Recommendations  Comments Off on NGSS Informational Texts for Second Grade: Seeds Everywhere!
Jan 252021
 
What might happen if a squirrel buries an acorn?

The second grade performance expectation 2-LS2-1 asks students to: “Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.”  In our second grade informational text for this performance expectation, Seeds Everywhere! by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn different ways animals spread seeds.  You can access the text here.

After students have read the text, you might interest students in playing this interactive game online where students are challenged to collect seeds that are dispersed in different ways:

> PBD Kids: Seed Racer

This is a great engineering lesson plan that aligns well with the performance expectation.  Students are asked to design a seed that could travel a long distance.  The plan includes videos that show students different ways seeds are dispersed and discuss how the design of the seed is important to the process.

> Project Learning Tree: STEM: Have Seeds, Will Travel

Seeds Everywhere! is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation.  All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level.  You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts:  Science Your Way here.

NGSS Informational Texts for First Grade: Just Like Animals!

 Posted by on January 7, 2021  Behind the Scenes of StarrMatica, Science Resources  Comments Off on NGSS Informational Texts for First Grade: Just Like Animals!
Jan 072021
 

What helps this turtle stay protected?

The first grade performance expectation 1-LS1-1 asks students to “use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.”  In our first grade informational text for this performance expectation, Just Like Animals by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn how human tools can function similarly to plant and animal parts.  You can access the text here.

After students have read the text, you could extend their learning with this video about Biomimicry.

Take advantage of this NGSS-aligned lesson plan that follows the 5Es structure!

And finally, here’s a great collection of 30 examples to share with your students of animals that inspired technological advances.  Enjoy!

Just Like Animals is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation.  All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level.  You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts:  Science Your Way here.

NGSS Informational Texts for Kindergarten: Why Do I Live Here?

 Posted by on December 10, 2020  Science Resources  Comments Off on NGSS Informational Texts for Kindergarten: Why Do I Live Here?
Dec 102020
 

Why do deer live in places with trees?

The kindergarten performance expectation K-ESS3-1 asks students to: “Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.”  In our kindergarten informational text for this performance expectation, Why Do I Live Here? by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn why a forest is the perfect habitat for deer.  You can access the text here:

https://texts.starrmatica.com/sample-texts

After students read the text, you might interest them in exploring the relationship between other animals and their habitats.  Download the free version of the Switch Zoo App. Students can build an animal and place it in a habitat they think will be suitable for that animal.

https://switchzoo.com/switchzooapp.htm

This simple matching activity could be enhanced by a class discussion about why each habitat is best suited for that animal.  You could further the discussion by having students imagine what habitats would be the worst suited for each animal and asking them to explain why.

https://ssec.si.edu/habitat

Your students can check out the habitat games available on PBS Kids. They can explore a variety of habitats to learn what animals live in each and what they need to survive.

https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/index.html

For an offline alternative, you can have your students complete the activity linked below.  As an extra challenge, ask them to explain why the animal they drew will survive best in their chosen habitat.

https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/my-animal-habitat/

Why Do I Live Here? is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation.  All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level.  You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts:  Science Your Way here: http://www.starrmatica.com