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Icefish Adaptations

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What adaptations exist in order for icefish to survive the subfreezing temperatures of the Antarctic Ocean? Middle and high schoolers can find out through watching a related 13-minute video and performing a simple investigation to...
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Needs of Living Things: Pre-Assessment

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Determine your class's prior knowledge about the necessities of life with this pre-assessment for a unit on living things. Learners draw pictures of themselves with all the things they need to live, grow, and survive. These drawings will...
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Is There Room for Everybody?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine the capacity of animals able to live in one habitat. In this habitat lesson, 3rd graders play a game that shows the food chain and the interactions between animals in an area. Students discover that food is a major...
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Adaptation Investigation - Extreme Beaks

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Find photos of bird beaks or show a prepared four slide PowerPoint, "Extreme Beaks" to introduce your class to this special animal adaptation. Provide them with a data table and supplies to try gathering food with tools that each...
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Opportunity Knocks, But It Costs, Too!

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders write a reflection piece, outlining each of the decision-making steps they have used and what decision they have decided upon, which includes possible solutions, as well as possible outcomes for each solution. They also...
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Survival in Antarctica

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Explore the harsh climate of Antarctica and its wildlife. Participate in experiments to determine how humans survive in the continent's climate, and address the difficulties faced by scientists.
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Survival Experts

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners take on the role of survival experts as they research and produce brochures or guides to educate others about what to do in the event of a natural disaster.
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Survival Lesson Plan

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students participate in a survival lesson that teaches four steps to take in the event of dealing with an emergency. The skill of improvising is practiced and its importance is stressed as being resourceful. Students also cover the...
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Curated OER

AP: Chapter 52: Population Ecology

For Students 9th - 12th
For AP biology or ecology classes, here is a worksheet that explores population growth. Carrying capacity, limiting factors, and k-strategies are dealt with using short-answer questions. 
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Bird Beaks

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the characteristics of organisms and how these influence their ability to survive in particular habitats. Students perform experiments with types of bird beaks and graph their results. Students explore familiar...
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Survivor!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students play a game in physical education class to examine how a deer survives. Using nature as a guide, they discover how it is constantly changing due to weather, food, water, pollution and predators. They discuss the characteristics...
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Internet Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Learners use a computer and the internet to click on highlighted words to find certain answers. They then write the answer to the questions on paper. Finally, students choose one animal to write about. They research the animal on the...
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Worms, Nature's Recyclers!

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students study what worms need to survive in different environments. They study how worm composting improves soil and reduce waste. They discuss composting techniques and present a puppet show about a worm's life.
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Reading Research!

For Teachers K
Students investigate the life of an animal and how it responds to winter. The instructional activity's focus is on reading and research skills using pictures to assist in the understanding of the information presented.
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A Home for a Cricket

For Teachers 1st
First graders build a habitat for crickets after studying animal survival needs. They care for and observe the crickets in the classroom habitat.
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Dress Like A Frog

For Teachers K - 6th
Students recognize amphibian adaptations. In this amphibian lesson students explore amphibian adaptations that provide for successful living in their environments. A volunteer dresses up with all of the adaptations using everyday items...
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What Do We Need In Our Environment To Survive?

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students discuss and write about waste management to save the environment. In this environment lesson, students discuss what an alien coming to Earth would notice about the environmental needs of humans for survival. They pretend that...
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A Wild Chain Reaction

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore habitats. For this habitat  lesson, students break into groups and are labeled as a part of a habitat. Students then do an activity with yarn that shows how all of the parts are connected and depend on each other....
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Nature Oriented Kindness Projects

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students complete various nature activities where they work together to create a butterfly garden, plant flowers, learn about nature survival, and more. In this nature lesson plan, students work together in groups and display kindness...
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From Foraging to Farming

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders understand the basic needs of humans. In this basic needs lesson, 6th graders participate in an activity to search for their basic needs. Students recognize the problems when their is scarcity of a necessity to their lives....
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Dino-Mite Web Quest

For Students 4th - 6th
In this science activity, students identify a specific dinosaur to research. Then they develop an overview of their dinosaur family and the foods each dinosaur in their family eat. Students also identify how the dinosaurs defend...
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Naturally Disastrous!

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore, research and examine the causes of natural disasters and how to survive them. They research on the internet world climate, recent disasters, how they happen, what to do if one occurs and what preventive measures to take...
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Trait Variations for Survival

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young learners examine how different traits could give one organism an advantage over another. In groups, they view two different organisms in different environments. To end the lesson, they complete a Venn Diagram on the two organisms...
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Adaptations of Fishes for Survival in Polar Environments

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers compare the anatomy of temperature and polar fishes. They explore the adverse effects of cold on metabolism and physiology and discuss how polar fishes adapt to their environments. Comparisons are also made to the DNA...