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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. This lesson is all about literacy and science! The lesson is completely designed for addressing Common Core standards and breaks down the relevance of each task in relation to the standards they meet. Worksheets, rubrics, multiple web links, and helpful teaching tips are all provided.
Learners discuss different characteristics that enable animals to adapt to their environments. They work in pairs with one partner standing about one foot behind the other partner and cup their hands around their ears with palms forward. The student in back whispers something to the student in front, then the student in front repeats what was said to the student in back.
Young scholars create a story based on a picture of a pet and its owner. In this animal adaptation lesson plan, students discuss their responses to the picture they have been given, in small groups. Young scholars discuss their ideas about animal adaptations and relationships between human and animals as a whole group.
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.
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. This excellent plan has many rich activities, maps, worksheets, and websites embedded in it.
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. The types of food collected successfully are logged and combined with results from other lab groups. They repeat the activity with a new set of food that represents what is available after a drought. In this way, they consider the impact of climate change.
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.
Let's put those scary movies and dreams to work with an expressive art project. Kids make hybrid creatures like the ones seen in Carlos Amorales's piece, Discarded Spider. They attempt to show metamorphosis or change as the creature they create is melded from two different animals. The lesson plan concludes with a narrative story that describes aspects of the creature's existence. Tip: If you don't like Amorales's work, Bosch is always a great subject, especially when it comes to hybrid creatures.
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.
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.