To Group or Not to Group? Animal Survival

How do organisms interact with each other and their environment to survive?

Today we learned that being part of a group can help animals survive by finding food, shelter, water, defending themselves from predators, reproducing and caring for offspring. We read informational texts on ants, ducks, fish, cheetahs, and beavers to understand cause and effect based on how an animal behaves to survive.

Our class took notes after reading each text and we noticed patterns with these animal behaviors.  Now, students will sort the animal groups and categorize them by: shelter, food/water, defense, reproduction, and care of offspring.

Complete the padlet below and sort each animal group.

  • give evidence to why you chose to sort it the way you did
  • Use correct spelling and punctuation
  • Write in complete sentences

Sort Animal Groups

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Here’s the video we watched in class to show different animal group behaviors. Have fun watching it again!

Youtube video on animals


In our science Unit 2, you are learning about relationships in past and present ecosystems. In class we have been analyzing data to interpret the environments in which organisms have lived long ago, and we are exploring the relationships between habitats and the organisms that live in them today.

Our BIG IDEA is: How do organisms interact with each other and their environment to survive?

In addition the past few lessons we have been learning about geologic timelines and fossils. Please read the article below Earth’s Systems:Geologic Time.

A padlet is provided below for you to record something new that you learned from this article.

Earth’s Systems:Geologic Time Article

Padlet on article

After you have read and completed the padlet, you can rewatch the videos below to support your thinking and understanding from class. Enjoy!

Brainpop video on Fossils

Video showing different time eras

Animals Through Time Video  

(The above video may not work at home)


Elections and Voting

Voting is the most important way American citizens participate in politics. Citizens can vote for candidates in national and state elections. On the national level, they can vote for the president and members of Congress. On the state and local level, they can vote for the governor, state representatives, state senators, and people like the mayor and city council. Different candidates have different beliefs. People usually vote for the candidate whose beliefs are closest to their own. Most people want a candidate who will represent them and their beliefs in office. (Readworks “American Government – Get Out the Vote“)

Watch the video below and write three things you learned about voting in our country.

  • Remember to include your name
  • Use correct punctuation and spelling

TrueFlix Video

Padlet on Voting and Elections