This PDF file contains four pages, each with six to eight adaptations listed in a table of 9 boxes. Adaptations are divided into the following categories: environmental, defensive, locomotion, and feeding. Each organizer can be used independently, or you can provide students with all four. An answer key/background information for each adaptation is included.
There are a number of ways this activity can be completed.
1. Divide students into groups and provide each group with an adaptation page. Instruct students to use the internet (search independently or use BBC’s Nature Wildlife page
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations) to record information and examples for each adaptation. Students can present the adaptations assigned to them to the class.
2. Assign each student one adaptation. Instruct the student to define the adaptation and provide an example of an animal that uses it. Then, have students present the information they find.
3. Present information about each adaptation yourself while students use the organizer to take notes.
4. Assign all adaptations to all students. Instruct them to use their resources (internet, textbook, BBC Nature Wildlife website, etc..) to complete the chart.
This activity is designed to address NGSS standards:
· an organism’s growth is affected by environmental factors (LS1.B)
· animals engage in behaviors, like being part of a group, that increase the odds of survival and reproduction (LS1.B & LS1.D)
· animals use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions (LS1.D)
To print multiple boxes per page, open the file using Adobe Acrobat Reader and choose the option "multiple pages" on the print screen.
For a follow-up activity, check out the Animal Adaptations Research Assignment, available at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animal-Adaptations-Research-Assignment-1716958