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Critter Classification

Critter Classification

K-8th Grade

Student scientists use observational skills and resources to identify invertebrates.


Curriculum Standards Supported:

Colorado Science Standards 

SC20-GR.MS-S.2-GLE.5 A Organisms and populations of organisms are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving 

SC20-GR.4-S.2-GLE.1 Organisms have both internal and external structures that serve various functions 

SC20-GR.3-S.2-GLE.4 Some living organisms resemble organisms that once lived on Earth 

SC20-GR.3-S.2-GLE.3  Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information; the environment also affects the traits that an organism develops

SC20-GR.2-S.2-GLE.2 A range of different organisms lives in different places 

SC20-GR.1-S.2-GLE.1 All organisms have external parts that they use to perform daily functions 

SC20-GR.K-S.2-GLE.1 To live and grow, animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals, and plants need water and light

Next Generation Science Standards 

K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals and the places they live 

1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and /or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow and meet their needs   

2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants 

3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change  

4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior and reproduction 

4-LS1-2 Use a model to describe that an animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways 

5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment 

MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services