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Educator Resource: Curriculum Module

Creature Features

What do animals and plants need to survive? How do certain adaptations support these needs? What might it look like if you could use these adaptations to design the "perfect" underground scientist?
Early Elementary
Time required
Minimum of seven 40-minute sessions

During this unit, students explore what animals and plants need to survive. They also closely examine how certain adaptations support these needs. For the culminating activity, students create a mashup that represents the adaptations they believe would be best suited for the success of a scientist working nearly one mile below the surface at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Note: students are encouraged to go outside to "explore" life in Lesson 2. Spring and Fall are likely to yield more observations of living things.


Creature Features-- The Needs of Living Things

K-LS1-1 Describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.

1-LS1-1 Design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.*

1-LS1-2 Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 

2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.