Model NGSS Lessons: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

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Teacher Resource

Grade Level

Grade Level: Kindergarten

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Background Information

Both plants and animals are dependent upon their environments for survival. However, in order to get the sustenance, they need, organisms often must alter their environment to meet their needs. Some animals gather and store food for a season due to times of extreme temperatures, ground conditions, and availability. Many bury food in the ground, while others store food in plants. Usually, the limbs or hollowed out sections of the trunks of trees are used, though some animals do store their food in densely populated areas of low plants. food-stores provides a detailed list of some animal actions, while images of and facts about animals may be found at and . Animals, such as humans, also alter the environment for their survival. Prior to a home being built, ground needs to be prepared, whether it is leveling, digging, or removing plant life. Some animals build homes from leaves and other flora. Shells are used by others.

Performance Expectations

K-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems

Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.



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