MS-LS1-4 Animal Behaviors & Plant Structures for Reproduction – PDF & Digital



This resource is designed closely align to NGSS standard MS-LS1-4. It aims to give students a look at several examples of reproductive adaptations in plants and animals. Students are asked to think critically about how different strategies used by species are beneficial to the survival of both the individual, the offspring, and the species.


This resource covers:

  • adaptations
  • benefits and drawbacks to sexual and asexual reproduction
  • 14 unique animal behaviors for successful reproduction
  • 14 unique plant structures for successful reproduction


Please download the preview file for a closer look at the contents of this resource!


Uses for this product:

  • Ready to print Sub Plans
  • Flipped Classroom pre-reading
  • Whole or small group opportunity to model and teach Close Reading strategies and annotation
  • Differentiation – assign this reading only to students who have been identified as requiring reteaching
  1. Interactive Notebooks: Print 2 pages in one and cut apart. Glue mini pages into notebooks with room for annotations on the side
  • Interactive Notebooks: Print entire PDF as a mini booklet and add to notebooks using these simple instructions.
  • Creation of Independent Work Packet for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction.


Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


This resource does not include an answer key as it emphasizes student reasoning and critical thinking. Discussion is encouraged and “cookie cutter” answers are discouraged!


NGSS Standard covered:

MS-LS1-4 Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively. Examples of behaviors that affect the probability of animal reproduction could include nest building to protect young from cold, herding of animals to protect young from predators, and vocalization of animals and colorful plumage to attract mates for breeding. Examples of animal behaviors that affect the probability of plant reproduction could include transferring pollen or seeds, and creating conditions for seed germination and growth. Examples of plant structures could include bright flowers attracting butterflies that transfer pollen, flower nectar and odors that attract insects that transfer pollen, and hard shells on nuts that squirrels bury.


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