Habitats and Adaptations

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Name of Activity

Habitats and Adaptations

Author

Laura Fradin, David Heim

Keywords

animal adaptations, habitat, biology, bioengineering

Subject

Animal Adaptations

Grade Level

5

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

This lesson provides basic information about habitats and the challenges that animals face within each habitat and adaptations they would need in order to survive.

Lesson Objectives:

-introduce the idea of habitats

-learn how adaptations and habitats relate

Materials Needed:

paper

pencils

colored pencils

Knowledge Background

none

Procedure

1) Introduce habitats and describe the hardships that animals face in each habitat (powerpoint of images and list of challenges attached) 2) Show examples of animals that live in each habitat 3) Present the students with challenges and have them think of adaptations they could have in order to overcome these problems. The students have to “engineer” different solutions for different problems. Emphasize that a variety of different adaptations would work. Example Challenge: You live deep at the bottom of the ocean. There isn’t much light or food. What adaptations would you have to have in order to survive? Allow students time to draw their design and then present. Example Challenge Solutions: Big eyes, light-up scales, echolocation, lures to attract food, etc. 4) Repeat with many challenges, allowing students to be creative with their engineering.

Extensions:

Relate this to bioengineering and using pre-existing animal adaptations for different purposes

Modifications:

-allow students to build the animal with legos

Reference 1

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Habitat-and-Adaptaions-ppt.pdf

Reference 2

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/HabitatsandAdaptations.pdf

Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable)

Animal Adaptations

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