3-10 - Describe the appearances
and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations
to different environments.
3-11 - Identify requirements for
In addition, students will learn how to critically
evaluate the usefulness of an item or product. By understanding
the natural history of hamsters, they will be able to make informed
decisions on the best ways in which to care for a pet hamster,
and how to meet a wide variety of needs, including dietary, social,
psychological and environmental ones.
Specific Learner Expectations
1. Classify an animal, based on observable characteristics;
e.g., limbs, teeth, body covering, overall shape, backbone.
2. Describe the growth and development of one living
animal, as the animal develops from early to more advanced stages.
3. Identify the food needs of one animal and describe
changes in how that animal obtains food through different stages
of its life.
4. Demonstrate awareness that parental care is characteristic
of some animals and not of others, and identify examples of different
forms of parental care.
5. Demonstrate awareness that animals require different
habitats in order to meet their basic needs of food, water, shelter
6. Recognize adaptations of a young animal to its
environment, and identify changes in its relationship to its environment
as it goes through life.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of the needs of the animal
studied, and demonstrate skills for its care.