Sharing the Planet
Sharing the Planet - Life Science
Sharing the Planet: An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Current Central Idea:
Living things share Earth's resources.
NGSS - Earth Science = Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
- K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
K-ESS3-2. Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
- Ecosystems - Describes an ecosystem
- Food Chains - Describes the food web and the food chain
- Habitats - Describe the different habitats
- Plant Adaptations - Brainpop Jr.
1. Endangered and Extinct Species
2. Life Cycles
3. Food Chains and Food Webs
Book Resources in the iCommons:
- White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies : Summary: A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night (Fiction)
- What’s Eating You? Parasites - The Inside Story by Nicola Davies : Summary : Explores the weird and wonderful world of parasites from tiny ticks to terrible tapeworms (Non narrative information)
- Weird Friends by Jose Aruego and ARiane Dewey. Summary: Details some of the amazing symbiotic relationships found in the animal kingdom's (Non narrative information)
- How Do Animals Adapt by Bobbie Kalman. Summary: This fact filled book describes how animals adapt to survive. It details camouflage, mimicry, poisons, and adaptation to climate. (Non fiction text)
- Food Chains by Theresa Greenway Summary: Explains how energy is transferred from plants to animals via the food chain. (Non Fiction)
- Who Eats What? Food chains and food webs by Patricia Lauber Summary: Explains the concept of a food chain and how plants, animals, and humans are ecologically linked. (Non fiction)
- What If There Were No Bees? : a book about the grassland ecosystem Summary: What if there were no bees? : a book about the grassland ecosystem (NonFiction)
- Oil Spill by Melvin Berger Summary: Explains why oil spills occur and how they are cleaned up and suggests strategies for preventing them in the future. (Fiction)
- The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry - Summary: The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home. (Fiction)
- What If There Were No Gray Wolves? : a book about the temperate forest ecosystem by Suzanne Slade Summary: Discusses the importance of each animal in the temperate forest ecosystem, and looks at what would happen if the grey wolf were to become extinct. (Narrative Nonfiction)
- This is the Sea That Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin - Summary: This cumulative rhyme portrays the ocean's intricate food web, with each verse introducing another hungry creature, from the tiny plankton up to a grateful family of humans. (Fiction)
- Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta - Summary: While taking a bath with his new red toy dory, a boy imagines himself alone on the ocean getting a first-hand look at the ocean's food chain. (Fiction)