3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
Clarification Statement: Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
Assessment Boundary: none
This resource appears to be designed to build towards this performance expectation, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.
Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
Students create a story about an organism in its environment based on evidence. Then they make claims about how survival of the organism may be affected if the organism is in another type of environment. Students are asked to provide their reasoning for their thinking. A class discussion based on photos of different types of environments (and the adaptations required to survive there) reinforces the idea of changes in environment and their affect on organisms.
Students will need prior lessons about the needs of organisms and adaptations to complete this lesson and Performance Expectation. The teacher will need to provide resources (books, videos, websites) for students to research specific living and fossil organisms and their environments as these are not provided by the resource. It is recommended that students complete this lesson on an organism in their local habitat (e.g., insects, birds, or mammals that can be observed outside on the school grounds).