This activity is designed to start your students in recognizing themselves as scientists and thinking
critically about problem-solving. The goal is to teach concepts through discovery and to encourage
using scientific thought processes. As with all lessons provided, please feel free to adapt them
according to your students’ abilities. You may find it more successful to lead activities and
discussions as a whole group rather than using individual Research Plan sheets. Certain scientific
vocabulary may or may not be appropriate for your students’ level of understanding. Take these
ideas, make them your own and your students will have a greater chance at success.
State Standards include-
Life Science: Behavior, Growth and Change: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of the adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
National Standards include-:
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry; and Understandings about scientific inquiry
Life Science: Characteristics of organisms; Organisms and environment; Diversity and adaptations of organisms