Adaptations were a bit of a tricky thing for me to teach in a hands-on manner, so I developed this project so that students demonstrate their understanding of adaptations and get creative in the process! This zipped packet includes a plethora of information, designed to save you time and help your students learn.
Included in this packet are the following:
- 4 page lesson plan
- 8 adaptations learning posters that discuss the difference between inherited and learned adaptations + the 4 different inherited adaptation types (also found in my store separately - click here!
- 2 different project checklists to either display on the board as students are working or print for each student
- 1 donation of supplies poster (asking for recyclable materials and craft items)
- 1 PDF half-page project write-up template (the perfect size for gluing into a composition notebook AND saving paper)
- 1 editable half-page project write-up template (opens in PowerPoint)
- 1 PDF full-page project write-up template
- 1 editable half-page project write-up template (opens in Word)
- 1 PDF full-page project write-up example
- 1 editable full-page project write-up example
- 2 pictures of an example project I created and always show my students
The lesson plan is 4 pages in length and contains the following information:
- notes to the teacher (with tips and logistics of this project, font information for the editable files, etc.)
- "I can" statement
- essential question
- word wall suggestions
- materials list
- warm-up/anticipatory set suggestion
- 11 step, detailed activity plan with technology integration suggestions (and backup ideas in case technology is unavailable) and links to tutorials on my blog
- evaluation/assessment statement
Other than the files included in this packet and a few suggested websites, materials needed for this project are minimal. Books about adaptations are helpful (suggested titles are included in the lesson plan), as are habitat pictures and a storage bin for projects, but none of those things are mandatory. This project is created entirely out of craft materials and recyclable objects and is designed to give students enough time to brainstorm and bring items from home. If students donate recyclable materials, no one has to spend a dime to complete this project! (Although, if your budget allows, you may consider grabbing general craft supplies like pipe cleaners, googly eyes, construction paper, etc. at a dollar store or online supply store -- also suggested in the lesson plan).
There is even an option listed in the lesson plan to impress your principal by going paperless with this project!
I do this activity with my 4th graders in Texas to study adaptations, producers/consumers, food chains, habitats, and more.