Animal Adaptations: Migration and Hibernation

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When winter comes, animals are faced with two choices: migrate to a warmer climate or hibernate until spring arrives. Explore these interesting animal behaviors with the learning activities in this elementary life science lesson. To learn about hibernation, children monitor their own breathing and pulse during periods of rest and activity to understand how animals slow down their bodies to conserve energy through the winter. Students are then transformed into migratory birds, jumping from one wetland to the next to simulate their migration from Maine to Florida. Concluding with a short research project about the behaviors of specific animals, this lesson provides young scientists with an engaging and in-depth look into the animal kingdom.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Provides a list of animals that hibernate and migrate to support class discussions
  • Includes a collaborative research assignment
  • Offers an idea for extending student learning about hibernation and migration
Cons

  • Requires the teacher to find children's books related to hibernation and migration
  • Scaffolding required to support learners with researching the hibernation/migration of different animals