Adaptations Digital Inquiry | Claws Structures and Functions

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Description

Physical adaptations, external structures, functions, and animal claws -- all in one simple digital resource. Assign to students or work through it as a whole group!

Question: How do land mammals use their claws to survive?

Objective: I can combine information from multiple sources to explain how claws help land mammals survive.

Suggested Unit: Adaptations

Topics: animal adaptations, structures and functions

Activity Information

This resource includes a PDF with a link to Google Slides files that you can copy and distribute to your students. It is compatible with Google Classroom. It is not intended to be used in printed format.

In this activity, students will work independently to collect information from multiple sources, write important notes from the sources that answer the question, and construct a response that includes evidence from their notes.

Video Tutorials

Teacher Tutorial: This video will show you how to assign Science Digital Inquiry assignments in Google Classroom.

Student Tutorial: Please share this video with students to learn how to use this resource on both a computer and mobile device.

Sources Included

1. Video introducing the functions of claws in land mammals

2. Informational text describing how animals use their claws

3. Interactive diagram showing a polar bears’ external structures for survival

4. Fact sheet describing and showing the features of a three-banded armadillo

5. Video showing the features of a two-toed sloth

6. Article describing how a cheetah’s structures help it to move quickly

Student Pages Included (3 differentiated options)

• Collecting Information table

• Integrating Information page for written response

Differentiation

There are three different files included. The content is all the same but the student pages are scaffolded at 3 different levels to help individual students successfully accomplish the task. If a student is offered a scaffold that they do not need, then I recommend allowing them to complete the activity without it.

A: guided questions for note-taking and no scaffolding for written response

B: guided questions for note-taking and optional sentence stems for written response

C: guided questions for note-taking and fill in the blank with drag and drop terms for written response

Related Standards

TEKS 4.10 A explore how structures and functions enable organisms to survive in their environment

TEKS 5.10A compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive in a specific environment

NGSS 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

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Product Information

1. This resource includes a PDF with a link to Google Slides files that you can copy and distribute to your students. It is compatible with Google Classroom. It is not intended to be used in printed format.

2. While this file is not editable, you can add information, remove pages, and change links.

3. Please purchase the correct number of user licenses. 1 teacher = 1 user license

4. This file is included in the Life Science Digital Inquiry Bundle, 4th Grade Science Bundle {Texas Edition}, and the 5th Grade Science Bundle {Texas Edition}.

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NGSS4-LS1-1
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin. Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.

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