This three-week life science themed unit is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards for first grade—including a comprehensive lesson on biomimicry aligned to NGSS 1-LS1-1.

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Engage students by teaching the NGSS Life Science standards for first grade with this themed STEM unit centered around the “Trait Mountain” (a fictitious temperate rainforest). The unit includes Lesson 1: Parents and Offspring, Lesson 2: Protecting Young, and Lesson 3: Physical Survival and Biomimicry. The unit mixes interactive media (presentations and games), hands-on activities and labs, engaging worksheets and STEAM arts-science integrated projects. Assessment and rubric included. Purchase unit separately or with biomimicry extension for an expanded Lesson 3.

This unit is available for purchase ($12) on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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  • Lesson 1:
    Define “trait” and “offspring.”
    List ways that young plants are similar to and different from their parents.
    List ways that young animals are similar to and different from their parents.
    Record and discuss observations about parents and their offspring.

  • Lesson 2:
    List four things young animals need to survive.
    Define “behavior.”
    Describe survival behaviors people exhibit when camping in the mountains.
    Describe ways parents and their offspring act to help offspring survive.
    Prepare and present a group report to the class on a species’ survival behavior.

  • Lesson 3:
    List some physical traits of particular plant or animal species.
    Define “biomimicry.”
    List technologies derived from biomimicry and explain how they were inspired by nature.
    Engineer their own solutions to human problems by finding solutions from the physical traits of plants or animals.

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