Mantis face

Animal: Praying Mantis

Fifth Grade
Ohio Department of Education
Science Academic Content Standards


Life Sciences

Diversity and Interdependence of Life

2. Explain how almost all kinds of animals' food can be traced back to plants. 4. Summarize that organisms can survive only in ecosystems in which their needs can be met (e.g., food, water, shelter, air, carrying capacity and waste disposal). The world has different ecosystems and distinct ecosystems support the lives of different types of organisms.

5. Support how an organism's patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism's ecosystem, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food and resources, and the changing physical characteristics of the ecosystem.

Note: In the 5th grade, we will also consider various experimental designs to figure out how and why the mantis acts the ways it does, targeting the following:

Scientific Inquiry

Doing Scientific Inquiry

4. Identify one or two variables in a simple experiment. 5. Identify potential hazards and/or precautions involved in an investigation.

6. Explain why results of an experiment are sometimes different (e.g., because of unexpected differences in what is being investigated, unrealized differences in the methods used or in the circumstances in which the investigation was carried out, and because of errors in observations).

Scientific Ways of Knowing

Nature of Science

2. Develop descriptions, explanations and models using evidence to defend/support findings. 3. Explain why an experiment must be repeated by different people or at different times or places and yield consistent results before the results are accepted.




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