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Science--Mrs. Sharp

Growth and Development  Aug 9 - Sept. 1st


LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms


Reproduction is essential to the continued existence of every kind of organism. Plants and animals have unique and diverse life cycles. (3-LS1-1)



Instructional Objective:


Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.



Essential Questions

(What questions will the student be able to answer as a result of the instruction?)

  1. What is a life cycle?
  2. What changes do organisms go through during their life cycle?
  3. How do plants reproduce?
  4. How is a plant life cycle similar to an animal’s life cycle?  How is it different?
  5. Why do organisms reproduce?
  6. What are different patterns of animal development?

Knowledge & Skills

(What skills are needed to achieve the desired results?)

By the end of this unit, students will know:


  • The pattern of life cycles include birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • Reproduction is essential for a living thing to continue to exist over time.
  • Plant structures involved in plant reproduction.
  • The steps of plant reproduction.
  • The different patterns of animal development: direct development, complete metamorphosis, incomplete metamorphosis.


By the end of this unit, students will be able to:


  • Create a model of flowering plant life cycle.
  • Create a model of an animal life cycle, including direct development, incomplete metamorphosis and complete metamorphosis.
  • Compare and contrast the life cycles of plants and animals.
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