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Unit at a Glance

Animals Unit

Note: Symbols designate activities where there are options about which activities to do:

 Repeating activities: The same activities are also in the Plants and Decomposers units. If you have already taught these activities in another unit, do not teach them again unless you specifically want to do them as a review with your students.

 Turtle symbols indicate more and less demanding activities. See http://media.bscs.org/carbontime/files/Turtles_07.05.16-1.pdf.

Lesson 1 – Pretest and Expressing Ideas (50 min)

  • Activity 1.1: Animals Unit Pretest (20 min)
  • Activity 1.2: Expressing Ideas about How Animals Grow (30 min)

Lesson 2 – Foundations: Zooming into Organisms (2 hr 5 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 (20 min)

Lesson 3 – Investigating Mealworms Eating (2 hr 40 min)

  • Activity 3.1: Predictions about Mealworms Eating (50 min)
  • Activity 3.2: Observing Mealworms Eating (60 minutes over 2 days)
  • Activity 3.3: Evidence-Based Arguments about Mealworms Eating (50 min)

Lesson 4 –Explaining How Animals Grow, Move, and Function (1 hr 20 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)
Lesson 5 –Explaining How Animals Grow (1 hr 20 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 and Biosynthesis (40 min)

Lesson 6 – Explaining Other Examples of Animals Growing, Moving, and Functioning (2 hr)

  • Activity 6.1: Explaining Other Examples of Animals Growing, Moving, and Functioning (60 min)
  • (Optional) Activity 6.2: Explaining How All Animals Grow, Move, and Function (60 min)
  • Activity 6.2: Animals Unit Posttest (20 min)