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Name of Activity Birds and Their Habitats
Author Emma Coltoff, Pami Anderson
Keywords animal, adaptations, habitat, birds, climate
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level 4, 5
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Students are assigned a habitat and must sketch a bird with physical traits that are essential to surviving in that habitat.
Lesson Objectives: identifying birds for certain habitats, emphasizing observed characteristics of animals that are fully inherited and characteristics that are affected by the climate or environment
Materials Needed: Worksheet and writing utensils
Preparation and Set Up: Assign habitats to groups/pairs within the class. Give background on the habitats.
Procedure
  1. Introduce the six habitats:
    1. Wetlands
    2. Arctic
    3. Desert
    4. Rainforest
    5. Aquatic
    6. Grasslands
  2. Assign each of the habitats to a group of students.
  3. Help the students to sketch a bird and label the characteristics of the bird that are essential to its survival in that particular habitat.
Modifications: * Add more habitats
* Have students label which traits are inherited and which are adapted
Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable) Animal Adaptations
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Animal-Adaptations.docx

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Name of Activity Adaptations Box
Author Emma Coltoff, Pami Anderson
Keywords animal, adaptations, habitat
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level 4, 5
Time 30 minutes
Brief Description STOMPers lead students in selecting physical character traits for an animal that can survive in the chosen habitat.
Lesson Objectives: to understand different physical character traits/adaptations necessary for specific habitats
Materials Needed:
  • colored paper (for fur)
  • cotton balls/pillow (fat)
  • felt (feet)
  • googly eyes (two sizes)
  • pipe cleaners (ears)
  • paper plate (head)
  • popsicle sticks (neck)
  • other (additional body parts)
  • tape/clothespins to attach items
Preparation and Set Up: Gather the above materials, decide what materials represent what body part
Necessary Background Basic understanding of which characteristics are necessary for which habitats and why.
Procedure Follow the directions here.
Modifications: Additional body parts can be added.
Online Reference(s) http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/ATG/data/released/0542-BehmLisa/
Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable) Animal Adaptations

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