Plant and Animal Survival: CKSci Teacher Guide


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In Plant and Animal Survival students examine physical and behavioral traits for survival as planners of an animal sanctuary and rehab agency. Students will then apply what they learn to determine how an animal rehab agency imitates nature to help animals survive. Students will further investigate traits, parents, offspring, and behaviors in Grade 3 Unit 2 Life Cycles, Traits, and Variations. They will further investigate structure, function, and information processing in plants and animals in Grade 5 Unit 2 Structures and Functions of Living Things.


The unit Plant and Animal Survival provides students the opportunity to explore concepts that include the following:

  • All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water, and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
  • Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
  • Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these with behaviors that help them survive. Plants also respond to some external inputs.
  • Young animals are very much but not exactly like their parents. Plants also are very much but not exactly like their parents.
  • Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways.

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About CKSci

Core Knowledge Science™ (CKSci) is a comprehensive program covering life science, earth and space science, physical science, and engineering design practices.

CKSci Student Books offer engagingly written text with many color illustrations, photographs that presents scientific information in an ongoing phenomenon-based story. Student Books are designed to be read aloud by the teacher to the students.

Using CKSci in the Classroom

  • For Language Arts: You can also use CKSci to integrate content-rich nonfiction into your Reading/Language Arts lessons. Reading in the sciences provides background content knowledge that aids in reading across all disciplines.

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Paperback (spiral-bound)
8.5 in. W x 11 in. H
287 pages

ISBN: 978-1-68380-584-7

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