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Butterflies, Birds, and Plants

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What is this task about? 

Students revise an existing model so that it better shows the similarities in the life cycles of different organisms.

Students consider similarities in the life cycles of three different organisms (sunflowers, frogs, and birds). Identifying the similarities among the life cycles of these organisms engages them with the crosscutting concept of patterns. Then students engage in the practice of modeling by revising a model to show their understanding of the life cycle similarities they have identified. 

The three dimensions of this task are
  • DCI: LS1.B: Growth & Development of Organisms
  • SEP: Develop and Use Models
  • CCC: Patterns

See Everything you need to know about 3-LS1-1 to learn more about this performance expectation. 

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Implementation Options

When To Use

  • Before or During Instruction – Use this as part of your instruction about this content.
    • TIP: Students might need help understanding how to “drag and drop” the images and labels onto the model. 
    • TIP: If students struggle with using the given model, consider having them draw their own models from scratch (either on paper or using a computer drawing program), then answer questions 2 and 3.   
  • After Instruction – Assess what your students have learned about this content. 

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