Animal Adaptations #2 Informational Reading Passages

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This resource contains six informational reading passages about animal adaptations. There is an engaging animal adaptations worksheet for students to fill out as they read. It was made for the NGSS 3-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics.

It covers the following animals in the following ecosystems:

Jackrabbit - desert

Great White Shark - ocean

Rock Ptarmigan - arctic tundra

Dragonfly - wetlands

Box Turtle - temperate forest

Armadillo - southern regions (this is an extra because I took these great pics)

The passages were written with third graders in mind, but the information is very interesting and complex and would be useful for upper grades as well. Even I learned things while researching the adaptations! There is a tips sheet for teachers and two recording sheets (differentiated) for students on which they can note the adaptations that their given animal has in order to survive in its ecosystem.

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9 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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Standards

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NGSS3-LS3-2
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. Examples of the environment affecting a trait could include normally tall plants grown with insufficient water are stunted; and, a pet dog that is given too much food and little exercise may become overweight.
NGSS3-LS4-2
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. Examples of cause and effect relationships could be plants that have larger thorns than other plants may be less likely to be eaten by predators; and, animals that have better camouflage coloration than other animals may be more likely to survive and therefore more likely to leave offspring.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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