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In this activity NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned activity, students (Part 1:) use a website to learn about the three types of adaptations, and fill out a chart. In Part 2, Students select a species (from a list of 30) and create a short presentation on the organism’s unique adaptations. Then they present to their classmates. They use a graphic organizer to take notes on their peer’s presentations, and wrap-up part 2 by relating adaptations to an organism’s survival. Fourth, students design a physical model to represent an adaptation of their choice.
A. NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS HEREIN
DCI’s: LS1.A Structure and Function
Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change, Structure and Function
Scientific and Engineering Practices:
Developing and Using Models
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
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B. SUGGESTED USES
Prior Knowledge: No specific prior knowledge is required. This project can be adapted for a number of different grade levels.
Materials and Setup: Students will need this download, internet access, and any materials that they may use to design a model for the adaptation of their choice.
Part 1: 20 minutes – straight forward; students use the link to guide them
Part 2: Research and Presentation creation: 1 Class (depends upon how much time in class vs.
homework). Ensure that students are using legitimate/credible resources. Go over the rubric with them I show my students an example of slide that isn’t overcrowded with info.
Presenting: It should take the majority of a class, or 1 full class. Students can start
part 3 if they finish presenting early. A graphic organizer is provided for
the students to take notes while other are presenting. I use the
presentation rubric to grade students in real-time, as they are
Part 3 (conclusion question): If written, it can be assigned for homework. It will probably take students 20-25 minutes, as it requires some thinking.
Part 4: 1-2 classes (designing the adaptation, constructing it, and demo-ing it)
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