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CKSci Kindergarten Unit 2: Needs of Plants and Animals

Grade Level Kindergarten
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards


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Focus: In this unit, students learn that all animals need food to live and grow and that they obtain their food from plants or other animals. Students also learn that plants need air, water, mineral nutrients, and light to live and grow. Students learn that all living things need resources from their environment and that they live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do. Students describe the needs of plants and animals and their relationship with the local habitat as well as identify ways landscapes can be transformed into a habitat for plants and animals.

Number of Lessons: 3 lessons divided into 3 or 4 lesson segments (30-45 minutes each)

Instruction Time: 20-30 days 


Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.


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