Check out this awesome project that will captivate and engage students will providing opportunities to apply knowledge and further develop understandings as they relate to animals. These projects has multiple components with an aligned rubric for scoring that dives into animal adaptations, how this helps them in their environement, the food chains that they are a part of and the habitat they live in. Students will do research and answer multiple questions with regards to vocabulary, and elaborating on each of the aforementioned topics.
Students will have a blast, and won't even realize they are learning. This can easily be adapted to be implemented as an in-class project as a whole class, in groups, independently or as a homework assignment.