Adaptations and survival is a part of every science curriculum. Too often the same examples and stories of adaptations are given.
This 50 slide PowerPoint presentations starts with the Science of Winter...why do we have winter? in an easy to understand series of slides.
The remainder of the presentation highlights some fascinating facts and stories about how animals have survived and adapted to their winter environment. Just a few examples are:
Bison adaptations to the cold and deep snow
The wood frog adapts by allowing half their body to freeze solid
The wolf dominates the landscape in winter in Yellowstone
The snowshoe hare adaptations causes it to change colors
The weasel invades other rodent homes to eat them and then rest
The moose adapts with special joints that help it glide over snow
The presentation goes beyond the typical explanation of adaptions by first showing a picture of the animal and asking students to predict what the adaptations would be. The following screen allows the students to see if their adaptation predictions were correct. In addition, the presentation contains several interesting survival problems that showcase fascinating facts about the adaption and what can go wrong. For example, what happens if a hare turns white and the snow is late? It turns out, they have figured that one out. And while the weasel adapts by turning white in winter, the tip of the tail stays very black and stands out in the snow. Find out why.
For older students, the presentation ends by showing research on how to use a Winter Adaptation Tree to reveal how the animal adapts to its winter environment.
This powerpoint is fully editable for integration into your curriculum and age level.