Penguin Traits and Needs

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: Physical and Behavioral Traits of Living Things: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival

Life Science: Basic Needs of Living Things: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment; Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs

National Standards include-

Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry; Understanding about scientific inquiry

Life Science: Characteristics of organisms; Organisms and environments


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