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Life Science in the Garden

Trace the life cycles of plants, trees and insects in this hands-on program connecting the cycles of nature with life science in the garden. Students are challenged to sequence the stages of insect and plant cycles as well as identify the interdependence of plants and animals in a garden setting.

K-2: Students explore the life cycles of plants, trees and insects through books, models, and specimens.

3-5: Students search for living and non-living factors in an ecosystem and then observe plants and insects in different life stages.

6-8: Students find biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem and then make scientific observations of plants and insects and identify life stages.

Pre- and Post-Activities for Life Circles

Next Generation Science Standards

Standard: K-8-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS1-1 Use materials to 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.
  • 3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 5-LS1-1 Support and argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
  • MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

Standard: K-8-LS2. Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • 2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.*
  • 3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
  • Standard: K-8-LS3. Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 1-LS3-1 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

Standard: K-8-LS4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

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