Adaptation Teacher Resources
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Why Animals Migrate
Are you looking for a moving lesson on animal migration for kids? This one will get you there! It includes class discussion, several high-quality video clips, a printable note-taking table, and a Venn diagram for comparing and contrasting two different migratory species.
4th - 8th Science 38 Views 27 Downloads
Adaptive Device Design
After reading about how engineering has made adaptive devices possible for people with disabilities, pupils work in groups to discuss different devices to determine whether or not they are adaptive. They also disassemble a pair of eyeglasses in order to analyze the materials and design.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 48 Views 40 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans
Sickle cell disease only occurs when both parents contribute the trait, and mostly in those of African descent. Where did it come from? How did it evolve? Tony Allison, a molecular biologist, noticed a connection between sickle cell and immunity against malaria when he was working in East Africa in the 1950s.
14 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 21 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study the DNA that is expressed as an antifreeze protein.
9th - Higher Ed Science 23 Views 17 Downloads
How do you feel about cloning? This issue is highly debated, so educate your class before they participate in a similar debate! Read a New York Times article related to the use of cloned pig organs for human transplants. Groups develop arguments stating the advantages and disadvantages, and then they participate in a panel discussion on this topic.
6th - 12th Science 34 Views 175 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Poison vs. Venom: What's the Difference?
Did you know that poison and venom are not the same? Both are toxic, but poison must be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed, while venom must be injected into a wound. The narrator explains that some toxic compounds may be used for good, as well as how to respond if you are unexpectedly exposed.
4 mins 4th - 12th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Coral and Chemistry
Using cabbage juice as a pH indicator, future scientists explore the effect of increasing carbon dioxide on the pH of the ocean and relate it to the health of coral reefs. Ideal for an earth or environmental sciences course, this lesson gets learners looking at how humans may be impacting the planet by the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
6th - 12th Science 18 Views 16 Downloads
The Incredible Journey
Divide your school gym into breeding grounds and non-breeding grounds so that your zoologists can play a game simulating the seasonal migration of shorebirds. Players pick one of the included game cards and follow its directions, which simulate different occurrences in a migratory bird's life cycle.
4th - 8th Science 6 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Why Are Blue Whales So Enormous?
Isn't it strange that Earth's largest animal lives on one of its tiniest? Using Sesame-Street-style puppetry, this video explains how this phenomenon happens. Viewers learn that a single mouthful of krill taken in by a whale has the calorie content of 1,900 hamburgers!
5 mins 3rd - 8th Science 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 3 Literacy in Science: Animal Adaptations
I've always feel that the best lessons or units are ones that employ multiple content areas as a way to foster a complete topical understanding. Third graders research and study animal adaptations and then use their findings to write narratives that include scientific criterion.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 312 Views 345 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The African Savanna
Are you thinking about taking your class to the local zoo? Kids of all ages love visiting exotic animals in order to learn about biodiversity, habitat, and animal adaptations. Here is a 44-page activity guide that provides educators with a wide variety of pre-trip activities intended to enhance the overall field trip experience.
1st - 5th Science 37 Views 28 Downloads
Climate Change Metaphors
You will want to use this unique approach to increasing awareness of human impact on the environment. Each participant pulls an object out of a grab bag and comes up with a metaphor for how that object might represent or relate to the changes in the global temperature.
4th - 9th Science 14 Views 15 Downloads
Here is a unique resource to use with middle and high schoolers that deals with animal migration. Viewers discover the reasons for, types of, and animals that practice this behavioral adaptation. Specific animals that are introduced include neotropical birds, Serengeti mammals, sea turtles, Pacific gray whales, and monarch butterflies.
6th - 10th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads
Come and Get It!
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.
Pre-K - 2nd Science 14 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Elementary ecologists pretend to be migratory hummingbirds. They fly between wintering and nesting grounds, trying to reach a habitat haven. In a musical-chair fashion, some birds will miss out, and are removed from the game. To further affect the success of the birds, you will add migration mishaps or enhancements, such as habitat loss due to construction or concerned citizens planting hummingbird gardens.
3rd - 6th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Arkansas Animals: A Story of Change
The animal population of Arkansas has changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years due to climate change, and human interaction/interruption of animal environments. Upper graders and middle schoolers do a study of how animals populations have been affected by climate and human activity.
5th - 8th Science 13 Views 61 Downloads
Changing Planet: Adaptation of Species (Birds and Butterflies)
A video about the impact of climate change on butterfly populations and a PowerPoint about butterfly and bird adaptations warm science learners up for the activity to follow. Using a variety of tools that reprsent unique styles of bird beaks, scientists simulate the collection of food.
5th - 9th Science 27 Views 87 Downloads
Survival: The Human Body in Extreme Environments
Students name and describe the major systems that work together as a unity to monitor and regulate the human body as it goes about its business of securing the essential requirements for life. They identify specific human features and/or behaviors that enable people to monitor and maintain a healthy balance in their bodies.
7th - 8th Science 61 Views 265 Downloads
Migration Activities for Kids
For as long as there has been life on earth, animals, including humans, have used migration as a means of survival. This collection of activities supports young scientists as they learn about this behavioral adaptation, encouraging them to make connections with their own lives.
K - 3rd Science 16 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
How Whales Breathe, Communicate... and Fart with Their Faces
Dr. Joy Reidenberg is an expert in comparative anatomy, but also quite relatable to preteens! Here, she lectures on echolocation by likening it to "farting with the face!" She explains with film, actual whale voice recordings, diagrams, and verbal explanation, how their sounds are made.
6 mins 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download