This article for teachers outlines a series of upper elementary lessons on structure and function, with an extension lesson that incorporates related engineering design. Provided with NGSS alignments (4-LS1-1) by curators at NSTA.

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Published in the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) publication Science and Children, Vol. 53, No. 9, Summer 2016. Written by Caryn Walker, Roberta L. Ethington, and Alyssa Y. Stark

This article outlines a series of lessons on structure and function, with an extension lesson that incorporates related engineering design. Students are guided to observe ants in their natural habitat, experiment with them in the classroom, and to apply their structure/function learning to design solutions to everyday problems. The [email protected] site further provides detailed annotations from NSTA curators outlining how the project is or could be aligned to NGSS standard 4-LS1-1.

Access the article via the NSTA website (free for members; $0.99 for non-members). Related free resources include a Lesson Sequence, Lesson Plan, and Model Rubric for the student challenge.

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