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Movement and response

Background

All living things - plants and animals, need food, air and water to live. Animals move from place to place in search of food and water. They also move to protect themselves. Plants also show movement but in a different way. A movement either in animals or plants is a response to some need.  

Aim

Recognise movement as one of the characteristic features of animals and plants.

Observe the ways different animals move.

Observe movement in plants. 

Activities

Observe the plants and animals around you. How do they move? In each case describe their movements. Draw sketches if possible.

Some plants show movement clearly. For example, the sunflower always faces the sun. It thus turns from east to west, following the sun. Observe other plants or flower that show such movement in response of the direction of sunlight.

Observe some plants at night and during the day. Do they change? Do they remain the same? Observe their leaves and flowers. Record your observations.

Some plants respond to touch. An example is the 'touch me not' plant. Observe how it responds to touch. Once the leaves close, observe how long it will take to open up again. Can you call this movement?

Observe a Rain Tree and notice its leaves at night. They close up. It is thus sometimes called the sleeping tree. Look around and identify all plants that show such a behaviour.

Look around your school or home and observe the movement of animals. In how many different ways do they move? What body parts do they use to move?

Can you spot any animal in your neighbourhood that does not move? Name them.

Related Questions

Observe a tree. Does it move on its own? Can you say the tree moves when it sways in the breeze?

In how many different ways can you move from one place to another?

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