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Activity 1.1: Animals Unit Pretest (20 min)

  • pencils (1 per student, for paper version)
  • computer with an Internet connection (1 per student, for online version)

Activity 1.2: Expressing Ideas about How Animals Grow (30 min)

Activity 2.3: Molecules in Cells Quiz (20 min)

  • pencils (1 per student)

Activity 2.4: Questions about Animals (20 min)

Activity 3.1: Predictions about Mealworms Eating (50 min)

Activity 3.2: Observing Mealworms Eating (60 min over 2 days)

  • bromothymol blue (BTB) solution (less than 1 cup per group of four students
  • digital balance (1 per group of four students)
  • mealworms (10-15 grams, approximately 100-150 mealworms per group of four students)
  • plastic Petri dish (1 per group of four students)
  • sealable, 9.5 cup container (1 per group of four students)
  • small container to hold mealworms (1 per group of four students)
  • thick slice of potato (food for mealworms) (1 per group of four students)
  • (From previous lesson) 3.1 Predictions Tool for Mealworms Eating with student answers

Activity 3.3: Evidence-Based Arguments about Mealworms Eating (50 min)

Activity 4.1: Molecular Models for Cows Moving and Functioning: Cellular Respiration (40 min)

Activity 4.2: Explaining How Cows Move and Function: Cellular Respiration (40 min)

Activity 5.1: Tracing the Processes of Cows Growing: Digestion and Biosynthesis (40 min)

Activity 5.2: Molecular Models for Cows Growing: Digestion and Biosynthesis (40 min)

  • scissors (1 per pair of students)
  • removable or restick tape (1 dispenser per pair of students)
  • marker such as a penny (1 per pair of students)
Activity 5.3: Explaining How Cows Grow: Digestion (40 min)


Activity 5.4: Explaining How Cows Grow: Biosynthesis (40 min)

Activity 6.1: Explaining Other Examples of Animals Growing, Moving, and Functioning (50 min)

Activity 6.2b: Functions of All Animals (50 min)

  • computers (1 per pair of students, for option 2 in step 3)
  • blank posters (1 per pair of students or small group, for option 3 in step 3)
Activity 6.3: Animals Unit Posttest (20 min)
  • pencils (1 per student, for paper version)
  • computers with an Internet connection (1 per student, for online version)

Materials Available on the Website:

Activity 1.1: Animals Unit Pretest (20 min)

Activity 1.2: Expressing Ideas about How Animals Grow (40 min)

Activity 2.1: Zooming into Plants, Animals, and Decomposers (40 min)

Activity 2.2: Molecules Cells Are Made of (45 min)

Activity 2.3: Molecules in Cells Quiz (20 min)

Activity 2.4: Questions about Animals (30 min)

Activity 3.1: Predictions about Mealworms Eating (50 min)

Activity 3.2: Observing Mealworms Eating (60 min over 2 days)

Activity 3.3: Evidence-Based Arguments about Mealworms Eating (50 min)

Activity 4.1: Molecular Models for Cows Moving and Functioning: Cellular Respiration (40 min)

Activity 4.2: Explaining How Cows Move and Function: Cellular Respiration (40 min)

Activity 5.1: Tracing the Processes of Cows Growing: Digestion and Biosynthesis (40 min)

Activity 5.2: Molecular Models for Cows Growing: Digestion and Biosynthesis (40 min)

Activity 5.3: Explaining How Cows Grow: Digestion (40 min)


Activity 5.4: Explaining How Cows Grow: Biosynthesis (40 min)

Activity 6.1: Explaining Other Examples of Animals Growing, Moving, and Functioning (50 min)

Activity 6.2a: Comparing Animals and Flames (50 min)

Activity 6.2b: Functions of All Animals (50 min)

Activity 6.3: Animals Unit Posttest