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Use this fun craftivity to teach about a specific adaptation in 11 animals: their eyes! The idea for this stemmed from the book “What If You Had Animal Eyes!?” 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 eyes 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.
How far could you see if you had a golden eagle’s eyes? What unique thing could your eyes do if you had chameleon eyes? I love how the book asks children to imagine if they had animal eyes and then shows them using beautiful yet funny illustrations. It’s also full of fun animal and eye 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: chameleon, golden eagle, dragonfly, clouded leopard, bullfrog, four-eyed fish, yellow mongoose, colossal squid, llama, desert horned viper, and tarsier. Students must describe the different types of eyes and then think of what the survival advantage is (answer key included.) I’ve also included patterns for all 11 different types of animal eyes, face pattern, and name label with and without writing prompt (see photo above of my students’ work.) 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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