Last updated: August 3, 2016
Structure and Function - Banana Slugs
(First Grade: Lesson 1 of 3)
- Grade Level:
- Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
- Common Core Standards:
- 1.SL.1, 1.W.7
- State Standards:
Distance Learning at Redwood National and State Parks.
Howland Hill Outdoor School (HHOS) has just released the first lessons in our new Distance Learning Video Series for Redwood National and State Parks. HHOS developed these programs to carry on the Every Kid in a Park initiative that was implemented for the Centennial Year of the National Park Service. These education programs give students who can’t visit Redwood in person the opportunity to learn about this amazing resource from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, giving every kid the opportunity to visit Redwood National and State Parks!
How it Works
The distance learning program at Redwood is something students and their teacher can do any time. Since this is not a live distance learning program, there is no need to schedule a time with a ranger. Our program has ranger led videos for students to watch, followed by activities that students do right in their classroom.
Thank you for participating in our Howland Hill Outdoor School distance-learning program! There are two other .pdf files included with these instructions. One file has a picture of a banana slug. This is intended to be colored and/or cut out by the students. The other file has a series of cards that students can color and cut out as well. The cards list the different structures of the banana slug described in the park ranger video, as well as the different functions that those structures have. The purpose of the exercise is to have students label the structures of a banana slug and choose the appropriate function each structure performs for the slug. The correct labels for the structures of the banana slug are shown below. You can have your students label the structures with string, yarn, or marker and paste everything on to a larger sheet of paper. Or, you could have students color the banana slug but not cut it out, and paste all the structures and functions to that piece of paper. Or, you can do something entirely different to make this fit your curriculum and style.
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