|Living Things is a comprehensive topic with
many sub-topics. The resources in the "Living Things" unit
are categorized according to the following scheme.
||"Individuals" deals primarily with the
anatomy and physiology of plants and animals. Cells,
structure, systems, and adaptations are a few of the subject areas.
||"Families" addresses the systems for
classification of plants and animals. Observed
characteristics are emphasized as a primary means for
||"Neighborhoods" considers the interactions of
living things with the world around them. Ecosystems,
habitats, and biomes are introduced.
||"Circle of Life" features the daily survival
needs of plants and animals. Plant and animal life cycles
are detailed, including birth, growth, reproduction, and
||Scattered throughout "Living Things," you'll
find hands-on activities related to the subject matter at
hand. The activities are generalized with room for
modification so that you can make use of the existing
resource materials you may already have in your classroom.
The activities are not provided as recipes; rather, they are
designed to stimulate your own ideas for investigation.