Ultimate Animal Moms - Baby Animals

Open Ed Inc.
Type Category
Instructional Materials
This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be "fully aligned," the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.



This is one minute and twenty five second video clip depicts baby animals and their parents. It emphasizes the fact that offspring need to learn a vast amount from their parents.  They learn how to communicate, play, keep cool, and how live on their own from their parents.

Intended Audience

Educational Level
  • Grade 1
  • Elementary School
Access Restrictions

Free access with user action - The right to view and/or download material without financial barriers but users are required to register or experience some other low-barrier to use.

Performance Expectations

1-LS1-2 Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.

Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns of behaviors could include the signals that offspring make (such as crying, cheeping, and other vocalizations) and the responses of the parents (such as feeding, comforting, and protecting the offspring).

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
The short video provides information for students so they can participate in discussions regarding the behaviors of parents helping their offspring to survive. Students can discuss some of the things that their own parents do to help them survive. Class discussion could compare and contrast what was seen in the video to what happens in their own lives. The students can make a list of these things in an effort to look for patterns between the animals and students own parents.

Science and Engineering Practices

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this science and engineering practice.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
This Practice is partially met through the viewing of the video. To fully meet the Practice, classroom discussion about the patterns noticed would be needed..

Disciplinary Core Ideas

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea
Alignment to the Core Idea would be strengthened if other animal and plant behavior patterns were presented as part of a lesson or a unit.

Crosscutting Concepts

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this crosscutting concept.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept
The video shows multiple parent-offspring interactions but only lists one behavior example for each parent-offspring set. Deeper study of more parent-offspring interactions would need to be explored to fully understand the Crosscutting Concept.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: This video should be used as part of a classroom discussion. Comments documented on an anchor chart or in interactive journal would allow for a strong alignment with the intent of the NGSS and three-dimensional learning.

  • Instructional Supports: The video provides scientifically accurate information and is developmentally appropriate for the intended audience. It engages students in authentic and meaningful scenarios that reflect of science as experienced in the real world. To fully address three-dinmentional learning, the teacher would need provide opportunities for students to connect their explanation of the phenomenon to their own experience. It does not provide guidance for the teacher to support differentiated instruction.

  • Monitoring Student Progress: This video can be used in whole group, small group, or individually. The video does not include monitoring student progress suggestions due to the nature of video segments. Development of formative and summative assessments of three-dimensional learning for assessing student proficiency and selection of other media resources for students improve their understanding of the Disciplinary Core Idea are recommended for this resource.

  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: The video segment quality and scientific information presented are superior. The video does not have an interactive component but Open Ed does have a use tracking component for the teacher.