By: Lawrence F. Lowery
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What Can an Animal Do?
|Type of Product:||NSTA Kids (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Publication Title:||I Wonder Why Series
|Grade Level:||Elementary School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: What, Oh, What, Can an Animal Do?
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This lively book proves that an animal can do all kinds of things! It encourages children to notice the characteristics and behavior of a world of different creatures: from gnawing, swimming beavers to spinning, climbing spiders to hopping, baby-toting kangaroos. What Can an Animal Do? is a lively introduction to observing, comparing, and describing—all things budding scientists can do, too.
What Can an Animal Do? is part of the I Wonder Why book series, written to ignite the curiosity of children in Grades K–3 while encouraging them to become avid readers. These books explore the marvels of animals, plants, and other phenomena related to science and nature. Included in each edition is a Parent/Teacher Handbook with coordinating activities. The I Wonder Why series is written by an award-winning science educator and published by NSTA Kids, a division of NSTA Press.
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Scientific habits of mind
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, Informal Educator, Learner, Parent, Teacher
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 18 correlations with the National Standards.
- Life Science
- The characteristics of organisms
- Organisms have basic needs. For example, animals need air, water, and food; plants require air, water, nutrients, and light. (K-4)
- Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met. (K-4)
- Life cycles of organisms
- Plants and animals closely resemble their parents. (K-4)
- Other features, such as the ability to ride a bicycle, are learned through interactions with the environment and cannot be passed on to the next generation. (K-4)
- Regulation and behavior
- Behavior is one kind of response an organism can make to an internal or environmental stimulus. (5-8)
- An organism's behavior evolves through adaptation to its environment. (5-8)
- How a species moves, obtains food, reproduces, and responds to danger are based in the species' evolutionary history (5-8)
- Diversity and adaptations of organisms
- Millions of species of animals, plants, and microorganisms are alive today. (5-8)
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment. (K-4)
- Plan and conduct a simple investigation. (K-4)
- Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses. (K-4)
- Communicate investigations and explanations.
- Design and conduct a scientific investigation.
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- Scientific investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing the answer with what scientists already know about the world. (K-4)
- Scientists use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they are trying to answer.
- Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting).
- Simple instruments, such as magnifiers, thermometers, and rulers, provide more information than scientists obtain using only their senses.
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