Life Cycle of Plants and Animals

Curriculum Topic Study

Science Teachers...be on the lookout!

Many teachers spend time examining curriculum content before beginning a unit of study. For science concepts, this type of planning is crucial so that students develop a deeper understanding of scientific principles. Just as with other subject matter, science concepts need to be broken down into age-appropriate standards. Science teachers are charged to know the spectrum of content that specifically relates to their field or subject. Teachers should develop instructional strategies and investigations that will help students see how science concepts work in the natural world. This will ensure that student misconceptions will lessen due to a more structured approach to science instruction. For example, one area that has shown to be problematic for some students comes from the study of life cycles of plants and animals that includes ways that plants and animals survive and reproduce.

What's the Bottom Line?

Important points to remember are...

  • Natural selection can be defined, by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as a natural process in which individuals or groups best adapted to the conditions under which they live survive and produce young, and poorly adapted forms are eliminated. Click here to view a video about natural selection.
  • Unlike animals, plants do not take in food from their environment.
  • In sexually reproducing organisms, only half of the genetic information of each parent is passed to each of its offspring.

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