Artifact and Model Making – Basic Needs of Plants and Animals

Topic: Basic Needs of Plants and Animals
CLI Strategy: Artifact
Subject : Science
Grade: Lower Elementary
TEKS: K.9, 1.9, 2.9

Students will be able to: examine organisms and discuss their adaptations and needs for survival.


  • Have students sit in a circle. Present an organism to the class that represents a specific habitat, ie: a small cactus to represent a desert.
  • Place the artifact in the center so that everyone can see it equally. Explain that you would like the students to observe the artifact as scientists.
  • Ask students to describe the artifact using only one word.

Possible Reflection Questions:

  • What do you notice about this organism? How might you describe it to someone who could not see it?
  • How do the organism’s attributes and adaptations help it survive?
  • What do these characteristics tell you about it’s environment? What characteristics do you think other organisms in this environment might share?


  • Bring in multiple organisms to observe and compare. The organisms might represent the same environment or another environment.

Model Making:

  • Ask students to make a model of a fictional plant that could thrive in this environment. Have students explain how the organism survives, from the plant’s perspective.

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