This module is designed to address English Language Arts standards as students read informational texts about animal defense mechanisms. However, the module intentionally incorporates science practices and themes to support potential interdisciplinary connections to this compelling content. These intentional connections are described below.
Big ideas and guiding questions are informed by the New York State Common Core K–8 Science Framework:
- Next-Generation Science Standards 4L-S1-1
- From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
NYS Science Standard 4:
Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
Key Idea 2:
- Organisms inherit genetic information in a variety of ways that result in continuity of structure and function between parents and offspring.
Key Idea 5:
- Organisms maintain a dynamic equilibrium that sustains life. Key Idea 6: Plants and animals depend on each other and their physical environment.