Living Things and Their Needs Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Living Things and Their Needs Unit Plan

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10 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grades: 1 - 2

This Science unit covers a range of concepts relating to the basic needs of living things.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included, and will require an additional lesson.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Living or Non-Living?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the features of living and non-living things.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

What Do Living Things Need?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the four basic needs of living things.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Living Things Need Oxygen

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify why living things need oxygen.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Creating Oxygen Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how plants make oxygen.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Living Things Need Energy

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify why living things need energy.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Balloon Rocket Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how energy makes things move.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Living Things Need Water

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate why living things need water.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Making a Mini Water Cycle Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how the water cycle works.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Living Things Need Shelter

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify why living things need shelter.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Shelter Building Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how a shelter can protect a living thing.

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Lesson 11 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Habitat Diorama - Assessment Task

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An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the four basic needs for living things.

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