Animal and Plant Classification
So much of science depends on observation, this lesson is designed to encourage the students to notice significant details that differentiate one animal from others. There is also the opportunity to recognize differing points of view, as well as the benefit to engaging in discussion and trial and error in science.
Standards we may touch upon:
SC.4.N.1.1: Raise questions about the natural world, use appropriate reference materials that support understanding to obtain information (identifying the source), conduct both individual and team investigations through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
SC.4.N.1.2: Compare the observations made by different groups using multiple tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups.
SC.4.N.1.3: Explain that science does not always follow a rigidly defined method ("the scientific method") but that science does involve the use of observations and empirical evidence.
SC.4.N.1.4: Attempt reasonable answers to scientific questions and cite evidence in support.
SC.4.N.1.5: Compare the methods and results of investigations done by other classmates.
SS.4.G.1.3: Explain how weather impacts Florida.
SC.5.N.1.1: Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as: systematic observations, experiments requiring the identification of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables and graphics, analyze information, make predictions and defend conclusions.
SC.5.N.1.6: Recognize and explain the difference between personal opinion/interpretation and verified observation.
SC.5.N.2.1: Recognize and explain that science is grounded in empirical observations that are testable; explanation must always be linked with evidence.
SC.5.L.14.2: Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support – some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons – while some plants have stems for support.
SC.5.L.14.Pa.1: Recognize body parts related to movement and the five senses.
SC.5.L.14.Pa.2: Observe plants and animals and recognize how they are alike in the way they look.