1st Grade - Shenandoah Residents
Plants and animals live all around us and each one has the same life needs. Students will explore Shenandoah National Park to discover the different plants and animals that live in the park. Students will investigate how, where, and why plants and animals meet their life needs in their respective environments and how Shenandoah National Park provides protection for plants and animals. Students will evaluate human and environmental impacts to consider and practice stewardship behaviors that support a healthy environment.
Following the park experience and classroom activities, the students will be able to
1. describe the life needs of plants and animals (air, food, water, and a suitable place to grow and live);
2. identify the four functional parts of a plant (roots, stem, leaves, and flowers) and identify all structures the plant uses to meet its life needs;
3. name three different kinds of animals that live in Shenandoah National Park and describe how specific physical characteristics help animals move, find homes, and obtain food;
4. describe how places like Shenandoah National Park help protect our limited natural resources.
Virginia Science Standards of Learning Addressed
Strand: Life Processes
1.4 The student will investigate and understand that plants have life needs and functional parts and can be classified according to certain characteristics. Key concepts include
a) needs (food, air, water, light, and a place to grow);
b) parts (seeds, roots, stems, leaves, blossoms, fruits); and
c) characteristics (edible/non-edible, flowering/non-flowering, evergreen/deciduous).
1.5 The student will investigate and understand that animals, including people, have life needs and specific physical characteristics and can be classified according to certain characteristics. Key concepts include
a) life needs (air, food, water, and a suitable place to live);
b) physical characteristics (body coverings, body shape, appendages, and methods of movement); and
c) other characteristics (wild/tame, water homes/land homes).
1.8 The student will investigate and understand that natural resources are limited. Key concepts include
a) identification of natural resources (plants and animals, water, air, land, minerals, forests, and soil);
b) factors that affect air and water quality; and
c) recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources.
Did You Know?
American chestnut trees, whose trunks were killed off by a fungus blight long ago, still send up shoots that you can see along many of Shenandoah National Park’s trails.