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The Art of Adaptation
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.
Woodland Animals and Their Habitat
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.
Animal Research: A Multimedia Approach
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.
Into the Ocean
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 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.
Human Evolution Overview
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.
Mitigation and Adaptation
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.
Designer Animal - animal adaptations
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.
A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Native Animal
Students write from an animal's perspective. For this writing lesson students explore the landscape of San Francisco prior to the arrival of the explorers. Students research animals indigenous to the area.
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. 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.
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. 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.
New! Human PreHistory 101: Prologue
The Khan Academy displays an animated and narrated clip about human prehistory and the relationships between us and our ancestors. The formal narration is balanced by the hand-drawn animation, making an attraction that is sure to hold the attention of your biology pupils. The content specifically targets human prehistory prior to the movement of prehumans out of eastern Africa.
New! 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. This is a hands-on critical-thinking activity that you can use in a STEM or engineering unit.
Pre-School Pet Care
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.
Animals with Backbones
Learners identify the characteristics of animals that have backbones. In this investigative lesson plan 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.
If I Could Talk Like the Animals. . .
Students read and discuss a film review of the animated movie Antz and then write a monologue from the perspective of a non-human organism.
Animal Farm: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
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 recognize that achievements of human beings throughout human history can be considered part of the ongoing story of human evolution. They research settings such as the biosphere and Mars and write imaginative short stories using those settings.
Biomes: Google Presentations
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.