STEM Quick Challenge Animal Adaptations

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Here’s a perfect STEM challenge to use at the end of your study of Animal Adaptations. Students will build a three-dimensional model of an animal of their choice and showcase its adaptation. This is a great learning experience for everyone.

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What is the challenge?

This is a Quick Challenge. Detailed instructions are not included, although you will find that in STEM Challenges and STEM Activities from Teachers are Terrific! Rather, this exploration is just that- an exploration time with limited supplies and spectacular results! Your students will love the freedom of a quick challenge as they get right to work and learn as they go!

What is your prep?

Materials needed for the STEM Challenge include cardboard tubes, straws, pipe cleaners, scrap construction paper, craft sticks, and masking tape. You can also add a variety of craft items that you have on hand.

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover sheet
  • Teacher Background
  • 2 pages of Teacher Directions
  • Set of Criteria cards for students (in 2 versions)
  • Lab Sheet with answer samples
  • 2 pages of photos
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use
  • All forms are provided in an editable format!

Simple teacher procedures and tips are included. Just talk about the Criteria of the task, and let them get busy planning, designing, collaborating, and learning!

Time Frame: This challenge will take 30-45 minutes for planning, designing, and choosing materials and then an additional 3-45 minutes for creation and sharing.

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NOTE: This challenge is available in a digital Distance Learning format.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
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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