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Science - 5th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 2
Science - 5th Grade
Standard 2 Objective 1
This lesson focuses on students understanding how organisms' specialized structures and variations work with the environment to help them survive.
This lesson focuses on students understanding how organisms’ specialized structures and variations work with the environment to help them survive. Previous discussion of each of these terms separately is advised, but not necessary. If you have not taught each of these, take it a little slower in the beginning and give more examples of the vocabulary terms in the discussion. This is a good lesson to help students see how they all work in tandem.
Discuss planet Earth and how it has many different types of habitats. Describe how different locations on Earth have different weather conditions that change throughout the year. Introduce students to the Planet Wakyabi—a large planet drawn on a poster board. It shows mountains, marshes, volcanoes, jungles, deserts, and more, identified in a key. Students will describe the different landmasses by the key symbols and name them. Students come up with the different habitats in the world while you write the information on the poster. It is the students’ job to inhabit the planet with animal, humanoid, and insect life forms. Each student is assigned a different landmass and a different type of species to create. Discuss the need to pay attention to the environment assigned and give their species particular specialized structures and variations to ensure its survival. When finished, share with the class.
1. Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
Invitation to Learn
Ask, “If tomorrow a strange chemical filled the air and we all suddenly grew massive coats of fur that couldn’t be shaved off, how might that change the way we live?” Have the students consider the question for a moment silently and then call on students for answers. Listen for students moving to colder climates because it is too hot with their new fur coats. See if they pick up on how that variation might change what type of environment we choose to live in. Transition into the lesson. Refer to the opening question at the end of the lesson to determine student understanding of this concept. An optional Quick Introduction for Planet Wakyabi is provided.
ESL/Special Needs Students
Gifted and Talented
Allow students that are caught up in the project or finish early to create plant species or oceanic organisms for Planet Wakyabi. Be sure to include a written description of the new organism.