Elementary 4th Grade
Standard: 5.3 Life Science: Life science principles are powerful conceptual tools to help students to make sense of the complexity, diversity, and inter-connectedness of life on Earth. Students will learn that order in natural systems arises in accordance with rules that govern the physical world, and the order of natural systems can be modeled and predicted through the use of mathematics (NJ Curriculum Standards, 2013).
Instructional Goal #1: Organization and Development: Living organisms are composed of cellular units (structures) that carry out functions required for life. Cellular units are composed of molecules, which also carry out biological functions (NJ ...view middle of the document...
Learning Objective #1: On a section quiz, students will be able to predict the biotic and abiotic characteristics of an unfamiliar organism’s habitat for 15 out of 20 examples. This will demonstrate that students understand the complementary differences biotic and abiotic,
Learning Objective #2: Given examples (flooding, wind storms, snowfall, volcanic eruptions, etc), students will be able to explain the consequences of rapid ecosystem change, and compare them to consequences of gradual ecosystem change (gradual increase or decrease in daily temperatures, change in yearly rainfall, etc) with 75% accuracy. This will demonstrate that students understand how changes in the environment affect the organisms that live there.
Learning Objective #3: Through oral presentations with visual aids, students will be able to demonstrate 3 ways that humans protect habitats and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there, and 2 ways that humans might harm habitats. This will demonstrate that students understand how fragile the environment can be, as well as how strong of an impact humans have on both destroying and bettering environments.
Instructional Goal #3: Evolution and Diversity: Sometimes, differences between organisms of the same kind provide advantages for surviving and reproducing in different environments. These selective differences may lead to dramatic...