This is an inquiry-based lesson that allows the students to investigate how an animal's color affects its chances of survival in its environment. Students will explore evidence needed to explain the cause-and-effect relationship between an animal's coloring and its effect on the individual's ability to survive.
This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
Students listen to a book about a jackrabbit that wishes for horns so that he can be fierce. After listening to the read aloud, the students discuss animal adaptations for survival, including physical characteristics, habitat, and diet.
This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
This learning activity should be used during a lesson or unit on variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species. Students will use various tools to replicate bird beaks and decide which one works best for each food type and situation.
The classroom resource provides a video that will describe a variety of plant adaptations. After utilizing this resource, the students can complete the short test to assess their understanding.
The classroom resource provides a video that will describe a variety of animal adaptations. After utilizing this resource, the students can complete the short test to assess their understanding.
This lesson makes use of a book called Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed and Revealed by David Schwartz and Yael Schy, with illustrations by Dwight Kuhn. In this lesson, students will gain an understanding that some animals have features that make them harder to find in their surroundings. Some use these features to hide from predators while others use them to help catch prey.
The purpose of this lesson is to expand students’ knowledge of animal features and behaviors that can help or hinder their survival in a particular habitat. Students will participate in classroom discussions and visit a website to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) they’ve adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats.
This lesson focuses on bird beaks, exploring the relationship between a bird's beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given environment. The students will design a real or imaginary bird that has an adaptation of its feet and beak for a particular method of survival.