Animal Adaptations

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Explore the various adaptations animal use for survival with our Animal Adaptations Lesson Plan.  This visually engaging lesson prepares students to identify and describe various animal adaptations used for survival in the environment.  Over multiple class periods, students work in pairs to create a new animal and prepare a presentation that introduces their creation to the class.

Animal Adaptations Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Animal Adaptations
  • Animal Adaptations Partner Activity
  • Animal Adaptations Practice Worksheet
  • Animal Adaptations Homework Worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Explore the various adaptations animal use for survival with our Animal Adaptations Lesson Plan.  This visually engaging lesson prepares students to identify and describe various animal adaptations used for survival in the environment.  Over multiple class periods, students work in pairs to create a new animal and prepare a presentation that introduces their creation to the class.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Ask students: What do you need to do if suddenly it became very hot or very cold in the room?  What would you do if you had to walk around on crutches?  What would change in your life?
  2. Allow for student responses and discussion.
  3. Lead the discussion to adapting to the temperature and circumstances with crutches.
  4. Distribute the Animal Adaptations content pages. Read and review the information with the students.
  5. Connect the first paragraph examples to the three types of adaptions for students to clearly understand. Save the last question for the closing of the lesson, but tell students to think about it.
  6. Distribute the Activity page and the supplies needed. Pair students.
  7. Review all of the instructions with the students before they get started. Respond to the questions and concerns of the students.
  8. Allow ample time for the activity to be completed. Once all students have completed, use one or two class periods for scheduled presentations.
  9. During presentations, allow students to ask two or three questions to the presenters related to the New animal.
  10. Distribute Practice page. Check and review with the students.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6

Class Sessions (45 minutes):  At least 3 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Science