Food and Animal Needs Science Games

4 games

In this series of games, your students will learn that food provides animals with the materials they need for body repair and growth and the energy they need to maintain body warmth and for motion. Food and Animal Needs learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

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Concepts Covered

Examples of animal life processes include body repair, growth, motion, and the ability to maintain body warmth. Animals need energy to perform their life processes. The energy in an animal’s food was once energy from the Sun that was captured by plants.

Photosynthesis occurs when plants absorb energy from sunlight through their leaves. During photosynthesis, light energy from the sun is changed into stored chemical energy that a plant can use to grow. When animals eat plants, they obtain the chemical energy stored in the plants. Stored chemical energy is released when food is digested.

Endotherms are animals that use energy in food to maintain their body warmth when the temperature in the environment changes. In the process of metabolism, food is broken down into forms of energy that can be used for an animal’s body repair and growth. The chemical energy in food can be transformed into motion energy that allows an animal to move its body.

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