Compare how different animals obtain food and water (e.g., a squirrel hunts for nuts, a pet dog eats prepared food and drinks water from a bowl or puddle, many birds and insects find nectar in flowers, which contain food and water, people may grow food in gardens and many shop for food in stores and get water from the tap).
Structures and Functions of Living Organisms
Students learn that all living things have basic needs, and they meet those needs in various ways. Just as humans have external body parts that perform different functions to meet their needs, animals and plants also have body parts that perform different functions to meet their needs. A magnifier is a tool that reveals further details of plant and animal parts that are not easily seen with the unaided eye. Learning about the diverse needs of plants and animals and the various ways they meet their needs will help to prepare students to understand more detailed structures beginning at the 2-3 grade band.
Animals have various ways of obtaining food and water. Nearly all animals drink water or eat foods that contain water.