Nature's Transformers - CA - 1st Grade

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In this four-lesson unit, students build literacy skills while learning about biomimicry — the process of using nature to help solve human problems. Through the integration of Nevada Academic Content Standards for Science as well as Content Standards for Language Arts, students work collaboratively to read informational text, gather information, practice asking questions based on their observations, and discuss ideas with peers to develop solutions to human problems using the natural world as a guide.

This unit includes three 1-hour classroom lessons followed up by a half-day field study at a local park. 

To supplement the lessons taught by Sierra Nevada Journeys, teachers will have access to our extension curriculum. The extensions include a pre-unit lesson, extension activities for the in-school and field-based lessons, and a post-unit lesson to wrap up the program.


Lessons Overview

LESSON 1: With a Tail Like This? 

During this 60-minute lesson, students will explore the relationship between the structure of an external part and its function through the study of various animals. Students will read an informational text along with the teacher and draw and label a diagram to show the function of external parts that help animals survive.

LESSON 2: Relating Structure and Function

Relating Structure and Function During this 60-minute lesson, students learn about the way organisms have adapted to survive, grow, and meet their needs; specifically, students will investigate ways nature has solved problems through the development of adaptations.

LESSON 3(CA): Designing Solutions

During this 60-minute lesson, students learn more about the concept of biomimicry as it relates to humans; specifically, the ways humans have used nature to help them solve problems. Students will develop their own solution to human problems using nature as a guide.

LESSON 4 : Field Study

During this 2.5-hour field study students journey to Camp Pollock for a nature experience with Sierra Nevada Journeys field educators. Students will explore real life examples in nature of how organisms use their adaptations of external parts to help them survive, and connect how those adaptations in nature have helped humans solve problems.


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teacher information

This lesson is developed for California Next Generation Science Standards:

1-LS1-1, K-2-ETS1-1