One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations

One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
One Stop Shop Science Stations - Animal Adaptations
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Learning Goals:
The students will be able to identify how:
• organisms adapt to changes in the environment
• adaptations help plants and animals compete
• populations depend on and compete with one another
• changes in the environment affect plants and animals

Aligned with the Florida State Standards:
SC.5.L.15.1 - Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.
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.
SC.5.N.1.1 - Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as: systematic observations, experiments requiring the identification of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.
SC.5.N.2.1 - Recognize and explain that science is grounded in empirical observations that are testable; explanation must always be linked with evidence.

This lesson plan is based on a 60 minute Science block and will span approximately 10 days in length and can be modified as needed.

Station 1 – Reptiles and Insects Multimedia Station
Materials
• Purchase, rent, or checkout from the library - Bill Nye the Science Guy, Reptiles and Insects Leapin’ Lizards video/DVD
Resources
• Station 1 Resource 1 – Video Comprehension Quiz
Station 2 – Food Chains and Food Webs
Materials
• A variety of resources can be used for research such as classroom textbook, non-fiction library books on food chains and webs, print and/or online research resources, for example:
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/food-chain/?ar_a=1
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/food-web/?ar_a=1
• Approximately 5 Index Cards per child
• Yarn
• Markers

Station 3 – Plant and Animal Life Cycles
Materials optional
• Textbook resources, children’s books on life cycles for research
• Online resources
Station 4 – Camouflage
Materials
• How Animal Camouflage Works Article, printed from http://science.howstuffworks.com/zoology/all-about-animals/animal-camouflage.htm
• Optional classroom resources, such as Science textbooks, library books, and web-based articles
• Camouflage Investigation (Station 4 Resource 1)
• Colored acetate or colored construction paper (red, blue, green, yellow)
• Large green cloth or butcher paper
• Hole punch
• Stop watch or clock with a second hand
• Notebook paper
Station 5 – Adaptation Vocab-Station
Materials
o Station 5 Resource 1 - Vocabulary Synonym Cards
Vocabulary
Environment
Diversity
Adaptation
Behavior
Instinct
Learning
Habitat
Communication
Reproduce
Stations
Station 1 – Reptiles and Insects Multimedia
Students will watch a video, Bill Nye, Reptiles and Insects, Leapin Lizards. While watching the video the students will be responsible for completing the quiz questions (see Station 1 Resource 1).

Station 2 – Food Chains and Food Webs
Students will read about food chains and food webs. They will use key vocabulary from the text to create a food chain. Students will classify their cards with the following labels: producer, decomposer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, energy transfer and solar energy.
Students will reflect on their learning, self-assess their understanding and assess their group effectiveness towards their goals and ability to cooperate.

Station 3 – Life Cycles
1. Students will read and review life cycles from a variety of provided resources (options include: the online resources, classroom textbooks, library books, etc.) As a team, the students will create a model of an animal life cycle and develop a 2 minute skit to demonstrate of their model.


Station 4 – Camouflage
Students will read the complex text article (see link and print) as a team and complete comprehension questions. The team will then participate in an activity to simulate physical adaptations of animals. Students will reflect on their learning, self-assess their understanding and assess their group effectiveness towards their goals and ability to cooperate.

Station 5 – Adaptation Vocab-Station
Students will view the links provided (see resources) and take notes in their science notebooks. Students will use sticky notes to display on the P-M-I chart (see materials). Students will reflect on their learning, self-assess their understanding and assess their group effectiveness towards their goals and ability to cooperate.
Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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