• LSS/AS High School Science

    Subject: Science
    Grade: High School 
    Timeline: Semester
    Unit Title: Animals

    Unit Overview: 
    In this unit students will explore and understand the differences between living and non-living things.  They will further their exploration of living organisms by the contrasting and comparing animals and plants. They will be able to distinguish between different types of animals.  Students will explore food chains and webs as well as animals environments.

    Unit Objectives:
    Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
    Structure and Function:
    The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their functions.

    Concepts - Students will know:
    • the difference between living and nonliving things
    • the basic needs of living things
    • plants and animals have different needs
    • about mammals
    • about fish
    • about reptiles
    • about birds   
    • about amphibians
    • about other living creatures
    • the relationship between animals on a food chain
    • different animals have different environments
    Competencies - Students will be able to:
    classify things as living or nonliving
    demonstrate an awareness of the basic needs things need to survive
    compare plants and animals
    list similarities and differences between plants and animals
    understand plants make food and animals eat food
    discuss the characteristics of mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, amphibians and other living creatures
    identify an organisms habitat, diet, lifecycle and care
    identify environments suitable for pets, farm animals and wild animals.


    • Pre-Assessment
    • Notebook Entries
    • Whole Group and Small Group Discussion
    • Teacher Observation
    • Record Sheets
    • Scientific Drawings
    • Building Models
    • Graphing
    • Interpreting Data
    • Student Self Assessment


    • Performance Assessments
    • Notebook Entries
    • Post-Assessment

    Elements of Instruction:
    Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions:
    • Use materials to design a device that solves a specific problem or a solution to a specific problem.
    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information:
    • Read grade-appropriate texts and use media to obtain scientific information to determine patterns in the natural world.

    • word walls and flip charts
    • structured notebooks
    • differentiated grouping
    • learning center
    • whole group discussions 

    Interdisciplinary Connections:
    Language Arts:
    • Science/Literacy kit (informational text)
    • measure, record, and graph
    • identify parts of a graph and interpret data
    • interpret data from selected graphs
    • art projects
    • collages

    Additional Resources / Games:
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