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Students examine and discuss animal adaptation. They read an article about snakes, conduct research on ways animals adapt, develop a diagram, and write a short story written from the perspective of the animal they researched.
Students study familiar fish and some other underwater animals, they see where in the ocean these animals live They study about the special adaptations of animals with which they are already familiar. They create a poster and share it with the class.
Students explore the natural environment through a video and nature sounds tape. They keep journal's of the unit's activities and vocabulary terms. They play a web of interdependence game and compose a list of forest animals and write reports.
Students discover the importance of adaptations by experimenting with tying objects with string without using their thumbs. They discuss what adaptations they might have. They watch a video and list adaptations in the animals they see.
Explore the animal kingdom from the safety your classroom. Intended to build on previous learning about ecosystems, this lesson involves students working in pairs to research their favorite animal and present their findings to the class. Though this resource includes a only very general procedural outline, it does provide key steps and considerations needed to support learners' success. This project is very reliant on technology, so be sure you have access to computers, Internet, word processing and presentation software, and a projector. If unfamiliar with any of this technology, be sure to provide your class with the necessary supplemental lessons. A great idea for a collaborative project that can be applied to a variety of different subjects. 
Students examine animal adaptations in this hands-on, technology-based Science lesson for upper elementary classes. The lesson includes adaptations for use in Language Arts and Art classrooms and an animal adaptation observation form.
Seventh graders explore how disasters affect animals.  In this animal habitats lesson students create an animal that will survive in Point Reyes habitats. 
About 70 million years ago dinosaurs ruled the earth, but as Sal explains, a huge meteor struck the earth and wiped them out. What happened next was a boom in a new type of animal, lucky for us that animal was the primate. Learn all about the rise of the homo sapiens and even the Neanderthal.
Students research different biomes and their habitats, locations on a map, human interruptions, climate, and more. In this biomes lesson plan, students submit their presentations in groups and on Google.
Eleventh graders interview people in the community regarding their idea of sustainability. In this ecology lesson, 11th graders determine the different factors to consider when making important decisions. They differentiate reactive and proactive adaptation.
Students pick one of the following environments of already created planets and create an animal which is going to be strong and resilient enough to survive in that environment.
Students write from an animal's perspective. In this writing lesson students explore the landscape of San Francisco prior to the arrival of the explorers. Students research animals indigenous to the area.
Students identify the characteristics of animals that have backbones.  In this investigative lesson students examine the adaptations that animals have.
Students create a story based on a picture of a pet and its owner.  In this animal adaptation lesson, students discuss their responses to the picture they have been given, in small groups.  Students discuss their ideas about animal adaptations and relationships between human and animals as a whole group. 
Introduce your class members to allegory and propaganda with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Readers examine the text as an allegory, consider the parallels to collective farms and the communist state, examine the characters' names, and reflect on forms of tyranny. The activities could be assigned to small groups, or used sequentially, as research projects.
Students understand that all species have some capacity for communication. Students are exposed to the fact that all species have a capacity for communication. They are enlighten to the fact that communication abilities range from very simple to extremely complex, depending upon the species. Students realize that communication is influenced by a species' genetic makeup, its environment, and the numerous ways by which animals and humans respond to and adapt to their surroundings.
It is not unusual to use bird beaks as an example of adaptations for preteen biologists. In this particular version, there is a competitive aspect. Learners first all gather the same food with the same style of beak as a baseline comparison. Then, a variety of food is made available, but individuals all have a different beak. This is repeated with everyone having a chance to experience  each beak style, which actually draws the lesson out unnecessarily. Finally, different situations are also introduced, wiping out particular food types. 
Having a class pet means knowing what all living things need to survive. Children in preschool through grade one, take on the responsibility of caring for a class pet, while discussing the necessity for food, water, and shelter. They take turns caring for the animal and periodically discussing its behavior. They also ponder whether or not they think the animal is getting everything it needs to survive. Tip: If you are not allowed to have furry class pets, fish or insects are a good option. 
Why not take a creative project and put a scientific spin on it? The topic is birds and what they (and all) animals need to survive. Your job is to determine which of the basic needs you'll be able to supply to help out the birds that visit your school yard. Your class will make a bird feeder to supply food, a nest supply station to provide shelter, or a bird bath to supply water. Have the kids determine what they'd like to create and then watch the birds as they use your helpful creations. Projects like this one are great for inspiring creativity, thoughtful discussion, and observation skills.
Students examine the way habitats and human organ systems function. In groups, they role play the role of a government group assigned to determine if a settlement can make their home in a specific area. They must discover how humans and the environment might be effected if the area is settled.