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: Human actions can affect the survival of living things and environments

NGSS - Earth Science = Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment

  1. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs. K-ESS2-2
  2. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local env
  4. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. K-LS1-1

BrainPop:

  • Ecosystems - Describes an ecosystem
  • Food Chains - Describes the food web and the food chain
  • Habitats - Describe the different habitats
  • Plant Adaptations - Brainpop Jr.

Pebble Go:

  • Adaptation
  • Food Chains
  • Animal Habitats
  • Endangered and Threatened Animals

1. Endangered and Extinct Species

2. Life Cycles

3. Food Chains and Food Webs

1. Adaptations for Competition Explores some of the adaptations animals have developed when they need to compete with other living things that use the same resources. Plants compete for sunlight with...

2. Adaptations for Different Climates Discusses some of the behavioral adaptations animals have developed to live in different climates. Animals might hibernate, plants can grow close to or far from the ground...

3. Sustainability Discusses sustainability, which involves taking action to avoid damaging the environment or over-using natural resources. It involves dealing with pollution...

Book Resources in the iCommons:

  1. White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies : Summary: A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night (Fiction)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. Food Chains by Theresa Greenway Summary: Explains how energy is transferred from plants to animals via the food chain. (Non Fiction)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. 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)