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Structure, Function, and Information Processing

4th Grade - Life Science - NGSS

Students determine how internal and external structures support the survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction of plants and animals. They develop a model of the eye to demonstrate how light is reflected from the surface of objects and can be seen.

Anchor Phenomenon: When going from a bright sunny day outside to the inside of the house, the house seems dark inside and it is hard to see.

Driving Question: How does light affect how we see objects?

Anchor Phenomenon: On one flower, two boys observe many different animals that make the flower their habitat.

Driving Question: How does the stink bug and other animals survive in their habitats?

Engineering Design Challenge: Design and construct a model to demonstrate how an organism’s senses are used to process information for the survival of the organism.

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