This product offers four engaging activities that help students better understand a wide variety of amazing animal adaptations.
First, students read about twenty different adaptations in a "Read Around the Room" activity. There are two sets of ten adaptation clue cards, both in color and black & white pictures. There are two sets of questions and answer keys to accompany each set of cards.
Next, students apply their new knowledge in an adaptation sorting activity. This can be done alone or in cooperative learning teams. There are three different options available for the cards: color, black & white, and no pictures. Students have to decide if the adaptation is an example of a protection, movement, getting food, or reproduction adaptation.
After that, students engage in a writing activity, in which they list an adaptation for each letter of the alphabet. The letter can be found in either the first letter of the animal or the first letter of the adaptation. A writing template is included in this activity.
Finally, students complete the unit by writing their own story about how an animal received their adaptation, similar to "Just So Stories." Students use their creative writing skills to explain how an animal's adaptation helps it to survive, as well as the story behind it. An example story, "How the Frog Got Its Tongue," is included to help kids get started. Other materials that are provided in this resource include a brainstorming map, two different story map options, and several different writing templates.
These resources could be used as a stand alone unit, or as a supplement to an existing adaptation curriculum. It meets a wide range of reading, writing, and science standards. It is appropriate for grades 3-4, but could be used an enrichment activity for higher level 2nd graders, or as a support for below grade level 5th graders.
I am confident you will find this product beneficial to your class, and that your students will find it to be highly engaging!
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