Animal Adaptations STEM Activity

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Need a hands-on activity for a unit on animal adaptations? Our easy-prep STEM centers integrate engineering, habitats, and physical adaptations as your students create a new animal for one of six habitats: rainforests, deserts,mountains,oceans, wetlands and the arctic.

The packet includes :

  • Teacher notes
  • Student guide
  • Six habitats information cards
  • Inquiry questions
  • Group role cards
  • Vocabulary list
  • Rubric
  • Poster
  • List of easy to find materials

This STEM activity is a fun hands-on lesson that can be used to review and apply concepts from a teacher’s previously taught lesson on animal adaptations and habitats.

The unique and creative results provide a wonderful visual display in the classroom and provides a great platform for discussions on adaptations.

This activity was used as part of our “ Get Caught Engineering - Is It in Your Nature?” family workshop at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats. Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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