Animal and Plant Adaptations Break the Code

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Keep your students focused with this differentiated review on Animal and Plant Adaptations. This differentiated packet has an original narrative with vocabulary "break the codes," writing, math, and hurricane tracking activities as well. Your students will have a lot of fun reading about zoo animals plotting an escape, their encounter with a hurricane, and participating in all the differentiated and scaffolded activities included. Please take a look at the preview pages to see what is included in this engaging resource!

This Resource Contains:

★ 1 Original 'Animal Escape' Narrative

★ 1 Create a New Zoo Blueprint Activity (Students are given either the area or the perimeter and need to design a blueprint for a new zoo... since all the animals escaped! In this activity, students also need to give the missing measurement.)

★ 2 Hurricane Tracker pages (students go to a given website and research the answers)

★ 3 Extended Response Activities

★ 4 Vocabulary 'Crack the Code' pages

★ 4 Short Written Response pages

★ Answer Keys for all pages

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

SC.3.L.15.2 Classify flowering and nonflowering plants into major groups such as those that produce seeds, or those like ferns and mosses that produce spores, according to their physical characteristics.

SC.3.L.17.2 Recognize that plants use energy from the Sun, air, and water to make their own food.

SC.4.L.16.4 Compare and contrast the major stages in the life cycles of Florida plants and animals, such as those that undergo incomplete and complete metamorphosis, and flowering and nonflowering seed-bearing plants.

SC.4.L.17.1 Compare the seasonal changes in Florida plants and animals to those in other regions of the country.

SC.4.L.17.3 Trace the flow of energy from the Sun as it is transferred along the food chain through the producers to the consumers.

SC.5.L.17.1 Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.

ELA Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

Social Studies Standards

SS.4.G.1.3 Explain how weather impacts Florida.

Math Standards

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.3 Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.


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