Module Summary – Animals Two by Two
The Animals Two by Two Module provides early-childhood students with close and personal interaction with some common land and water animals. Students observe and describe the structures of fish, birds, snails, earthworms, and isopods. Appropriate classroom habitats are established, and students learn to care for the animals. In four investigations, animals are studied in pairs. Students observe and care for one animal over time, and then they are introduced to another animal similar to the first but with differences in structure and behavior.
Students learn what animals need to survive and the relationship between their needs and where they live. The firsthand experiences are enriched with close-up photos of animals, some related to animals that students have observed in class and some to animals that are new. This process enhances observation, communication, and comparison.
Throughout the Animals Two by Two Module, students engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, participating in collaborative investigations, observing, recording, and interpreting data to build explanations, and obtaining information from photographs. Students gain experiences that will contribute to an understanding of the crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; systems and system models; and structure and function.
For a description of each investigation in ANIMALS TWO BY TWO and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the ANIMALS TWO BY TWO Module Overview PDF.
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