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ALEX Lesson Plans  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

Subject: Science (3)
Title: Animal Survival
Description:

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.




ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

[SC2015] (4) 9 :
9 ) Examine evidence to support an argument that the internal and external structures of plants (e.g., thorns, leaves, stems, roots, colored petals, xylem, phloem) and animals (e.g., heart, stomach, lung, brain, skin) function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Subject: Science (3 - 4)
Title: Animal Adaptations With the Jackalope
Description:

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.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

Subject: Science (3)
Title: Bird Beak Adaptation Activity
Description:

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. 

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




ALEX Learning Activities: 2

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ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

Subject: Science (3)
Title: Plant Adaptations StudyJam
URL: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/plants/plant-adaptations.htm
Description:

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.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

Subject: Science (3)
Title: Animal Adaptations StudyJam
URL: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/animals/animal-adaptations.htm
Description:

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.

 



   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (3) 12 :
12 ) Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause and effect. [RI.3.3]

[ELA2015] (3) 19 :
19 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the Grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RI.3.10]

[SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

Subject: English Language Arts (3), Science (3)
Title: Where in the Wild?
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/where-in-the-wild/
Description:

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.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

[SC2015] (4) 11 :
11 ) Investigate different ways animals receive information through the senses, process that information, and respond to it in different ways (e.g., skunks lifting tails and spraying an odor when threatened, dogs moving ears when reacting to sound, snakes coiling or striking when sensing vibrations).

Subject: Science (3 - 4)
Title: Animal Adaptations
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/animal-adaptations/
Description:

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.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (3) 10 :
10 ) Investigate how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing (e.g., plants having larger thorns being less likely to be eaten by predators, animals having better camouflage coloration being more likely to survive and bear offspring).

Subject: Science (3)
Title: Bird Beaks
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/bird-beaks/
Description:

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.



ALEX Classroom Resources: 5

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