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Use this fun craftivity to teach about a specific adaptation in 11 animals: their ears! The idea for this stemmed from the book “What If You Had Animal Ears!?” I love this book by Sandra Markle!!& so do my students!!
It is such a fun way to teach children about animal adaptations, specifically how different types of ears ensure an animal’s survival. It is also a great way to address one of the 3rd grade Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) : 3-LS4-2: 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.
Why do Tasmanian devils' ears change from pink to red? What happens to a meerkat's ears when he digs for food? I love how the book asks our children to imagine if they had animal ears and then shows them using beautiful yet funny illustrations. It’s also full of fun animal andear facts.
I created the worksheets and craftivity to go along with the book. There are 3 worksheets listing all 11 animals covered in the book: jackrabbit, Tasmanian devil, Eurasian red squirrel, koala, okapi, Townsend’s big-eared bat, African elephant, great horned owl, Philippine tarsier, serval, and meerkat. Students must describe the different types of ears and then think of what the survival advantage is (answer key included.) I’ve also included patterns for all 11 different types of animal ears, face pattern, and name label with or without a writing prompt (see photo above.) The book is available in paperback on Amazon.com
Ms. Markle was kind enough to allow me to use the image of her book in this lesson plan. Hope you and your students enjoy!
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