Plant vs Animal Needs
Students will be able to compare and contrast the needs of plants versus the needs of animals.
Next Generation Science Standard
LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
Image of plant and dog
Computer with internet access
- Show the students an image of a plant and an image of a dog.
- Have students describe details about the plant and details about the dog. List on the whiteboard.
- Possible discussion questions: What is special about a plant? What is special about a dog? What do they need to be happy and healthy?
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling
- Display a venn diagram that shows what dogs and plants need to survive. (Example information for venn diagram-Plants need sun, soil, seed and space. Animals need food and a home. Plants AND animals need air and water).
- Review it with the students and discuss why plants and animals have different needs.
- Ask students to raise their hand if they have a pet. Ask those students to list the things their pet needs.
- Read through this resource about the needs of a dog: Dog Needs
- Have students consider how those needs are different than a plant. (note-ideally you could bring in a small plant for the students to observe more closely).
Independent Working Time
- Have students work with partners or in small groups to complete the “Basic Needs of Plants and Animals Sheet.”
- Have students share their ideas from the worksheet and discuss why animals and plants have different needs.
Be a Responsible Dog Owner. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/responsible-dog-ownership/#keephealthy.