This lesson is written for first grade science students. It meets the performance expectations for the South Carolina College- and Career- Ready Science Standards 2021: 1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
After a read aloud and brainstorming real life problems, students will view the Are You an Ant? video and design a solution to a problem by mimicking how an ant uses their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
- Describe a human problem that can be solved by designing a solution using scientific information about plants and animals.
- Describe features of the solution they designed such as how it fixes the human problem and how it mimics the plant/animal external parts.
- Evaluate potential solutions for the same problem to determine which solution is best.
Other Instructional Materials or Notes:
Picture Book: Nature Did It First: Encourage Problem-Solving and Exploration Through Nature with a Science Book for Kids About Biomimicry and Engineering by Karen Ansberry.
Velcro (1-2 pieces)
Picture of Common Burr stuck in Animal’s fur
Materials for designing solution to problem (dependent on teacher to decide how final product will be formatted)