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Use this fun craftivity to teach about a specific adaptation in 11 animals: their teeth! The idea for this stemmed from the book “What If You Had Animal Teeth!?” 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 teeth 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 elephants have 2 huge teeth called tusks? What if you lost your 2 front teeth & woke up with elephant tusks instead? I love how the book asks children to imagine if they had animal teeth and then shows them using beautiful yet funny illustrations. It’s also full of fun animal and teeth 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: beaver, great white shark, narwhal, elephant, rattlesnake, naked mole rat, vampire bat, hippo, Bengal Tiger, crocodile, and camel. Students must describe the different types of teeth and then think of what the survival advantage is (answer key included.) I’ve also included patterns for all 11 different types of animal teeth, face pattern, and name label with or without the writing prompt "I would have ___teeth because___." (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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