Activity 6.1 - Explaining Other Examples of Animals Growing, Moving and Functioning (50 min)

Target Student Performance

Students develop integrated accounts of how other animals (salmon, mealworms, dolphins) grow, move and function through the processes of digestion, cellular respiration, and biosynthesis.

Resources You Provide

Resources Provided

Recurring Resources


Prepare several copies of each version of 6.1 Other Animals Reading and 6.1 Dolphins/Mealworms/Salmon Worksheet, so that there is one reading and the accompanying worksheet for each student. Gather the class results poster and spreadsheet from Activity 3.2, as well as their completed copies of 1.2 Expressing Ideas and Questions Tool for Animals Growing and 3.3 Evidence-Based Arguments Tool for Mealworms Eating. Prepare a computer and a projector to display the PPT.


1. Use the instructional model to show students where they are in the course of the unit.


Use 6.1 Grading Dolphins/Mealworms/Salmon Worksheet to grade the explanation tools. Although the animals are different, the answers should be similar across all the animals.


Emphasize the similarities among the explanations of all animals. There are different animals, but many of the chemical changes at the atomic-molecular scale are the same. The same rules apply to all examples of animals.

  • Hand out Other Animals readings strategically to form strong groups
  • Give readings to all groups so that students can read along as groups present their results
  • Students should highlight important information individually
  • Have groups present their findings orally to the whole class, rather than using the Jigsaw model
  • Use Other Animals worksheets as a review for the test. All students complete all three before the test.
Extending the Learning

Have students read the articles and/or watch the videos listed in the Digging Deeper section of the 6.1 Other Animals Readings.