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The Needs of Living Things Overview

The Needs of Living Things Overview

The Needs of Living Things unit allows Grade 1 students to explore basic needs of plants and animals. The students will grow to understand that these needs are met from the environment.

In order to survive, animals need air, water, food, and shelter (protection from predators and the environment); plants need air, water, nutrients, and light. Every organism has its own way of making sure its basic needs are met. It is important that young children be given the opportunity to recognize these needs by observing and then describing the natural world.

This unit will help the educator introduce the class to the following concepts:

  • Living things grow, take in food to create energy, make waste, and reproduce.
  • Plants and animals, including people, are living things.
  • Living things have basic needs (air, water, food, and shelter) that are met from the environment.
  • Different kinds of living things behave in different ways.
  • All living things are important and should be treated with care and respect.

grow a treeOne of the best ways to understand the needs of a living organism is to grow a tree! Students will get the opportunity to provide all of the things a tree needs through The Grow-A-Tree Program!

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