Living Things and Their Needs
The Living Things and Their Needs unit allows very young students to explore living and non-living things, and the basic needs of animals. The unit helps students understand important health and environmental issues about their world and living things.
The Living Things and Their Needs Teacher’s Guide presents activity-based lessons that entice students to discover concepts in science, mathematics and health through hands-on, guided inquiry activities.
In the student storybook, Tillena Lou’s Day in the Sun, Tillena Lou explores her home and discovers interesting things about the animals that live nearby. During her explorations, she imagines what it must be like to be a bird, fish or dragonfly! Tillena's joined in her adventure by her brother Tee, sister Taffy, and finally, older brother Ben. What do the little turtles discover?
The Math Link extends each unit by connecting the story and hands-on science activities to mathematics skill-building and critical thinking exercises, and The Reading Link provides language arts activities related to the story.
Living Things and Their Needs
Very young students get the opportunity to explore living and non-living things, and learn about the basic needs of plants, animals and people. (10 activities)
Needs of Living Things: Pre-assessment
Students take a pre-assessment to help estimate levels of student understanding about the needs of living things.View this lesson Download PDF
Need or Want?
Students learn to distinguish between basic survival “needs” of human beings and things that are not essential for life (“wants”).View this lesson Download PDF
Needs of Plants
Students make mini-gardens and observe the growth and development of radishes.View this lesson Download PDF
Student teams observe a worm model and a live worm, create worm terrariums, and observe worms over time.View this lesson Download PDF
Plant or Animal?
Students explore two major kinds of living things, plants and animals, and compare their needs.View this lesson Download PDF
Food for Kids
Students learn how cooking makes some foods easier to eat by observing uncooked popcorn and cooked popcorn. They also will make a snack (pudding) in class.View this lesson Download PDF
We Need Water
Students make lemonade by mixing lemon juice, sugar and water, and discover that the water they need every day is sometimes in sources other than drinking water.View this lesson Download PDF
Air and Breathing
Students explore breathing and air by blowing bubbles and by observing themselves and others during breathing.View this lesson Download PDF
A Place to Be
Students play a “Concentration” type card game, matching animals with their “places to be.”View this lesson Download PDF
Free, downloadable components from the Living Things and Their Needs unit to engage your students about the basic needs of animals, plants and people.
Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun
Tillena Lou and her siblings spend a lazy day imagining what it might be like if they were other types of animals. What would they need to survive?
Templates for use with Living Things and Their Needs unit activities. The templates include job badges and a "My Science Journal" worksheet for students, and a word bank for the teacher.
The Math Link
Students solve addition and subtraction problems; measure ingredients using cups and spoons, measure length; count and sort objects; create graphs; sequence events; and work with patterns.
The Reading Link
Students work with poetry, syllables and counters; patterns; repetition, rhythm, and rhymes; characters, add additional verses; decide if something is fact or fiction; and expand upon the story's ending.
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Filling the Gaps: K-6 Science/Health Education
Grant Number: 5R25RR013454