Science - 5th Grade
Students will understand that traits are passed from the parent organisms to their offspring, and that sometimes the offspring may possess variations of these traits that may help or hinder survival in a given environment.
Describe how some characteristics could give a species a survival advantage in a particular environment.
Animal Adaptations—Snowshoe Hare/Cottontail Rabbit
The students will be able to compare the traits of species for physical
abilities, instinctual behaviors, and specialized body structures that increase the survival of
animals in a specific environment.
- Analyze how structural and behavioral adaptations help organisms survive.
- Define structural and behavioral adaptations.
- Observe and identify specific adaptations of animals.
- Give examples of structural and behavioral adaptations.
- Recognize the distinct characteristics of two or more similar animals.
- Describe physical adaptations exhibited by two animals and compare their differences.
Animals in the Ecosystems
This lesson is part of a larger research unit, students have their source material and will highlight keywords and phrases using the graphic organizer from Step Up to Writing and build a paragraph on animal contributions to their environment.
Build A Bug - Bugs Don't Bug Me
By watching a presentation where one of their classmates is
dressed up in a bug costume, students learn what adaptations
macroinvertebrates have in order to live in an aquatic environment.
I Will Survive!
This lesson helps students understand specialized structure and variation.
If Bugs Could Talk - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will evaluate the quality of a “water sample” (using a bag
of skittles to represent pollution and pictures of aquatic macroinvertebrates to
represent invertebrates found in their sample), graph their results, and form a
hypothesis about the land use near the location their “water sample” was
Introduction to Habitat Alteration
Students will be introduced to the concepts of habitat and habitat change through lecturing and guided inquiry. Students will engage in an open discussion of habitat change, view time-lapse footage of change, and identify /evaluate images of natural and human caused habitat alteration. Attention will be focused on identifying indicators and causes of habitat alteration.
It's For the Birds
Students will become aware of how anatomical adaptations make it possible for a bird to survive in certain habitats. Students will then apply their knowledge to create their own species of bird that will survive in a chosen environment.
Macroinvertebrate Graphing Activity - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will learn about water quality indicators through the use of
candy representing a “macroinvertebrate sample.” Sorting the candy and evaluating
what is found will tell the students about the quality of the water.
Macroinvertebrate Investigation - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will collect live macroinvertebrates from a river or
stream. They will then classify and count the invertebrates and use that data to
determine the EPT index.
Macroinvertebrate Mix and Match - Bugs Don't Bug Me
The class will learn about the head, thorax and abdomen of insects by
mixing and matching pictures of bugs. They will also match the larva/nymph stage
of each species to the adult.
Macroinvertebrate Simon Says - Bugs Don't Bug Me
After a short introduction to macroinvertebrate feeding habits,
students will play a Simon Says game.
Meet the Book and DVD
These activities will help students learn how to read and comprehend science text.
Natural Selection Simulation
Students simulate natural selection. Colored chips are placed on a colorful
habitat and student predators gobble up a portion of the population. Survivors will be
allowed to reproduce and a new generation formed. Overtime it should be seen that those
colored chips best adapted or blended into their environment will survive and reproduce.
This will change the initial population to a new population better adapted to its
TRB 5:5 - Act. 5: Specialized Structures & Environments
Through a variety of "hands-on" activities, students will learn how organisms use their special structures for a survival advantage in a particular environment.
TRB 5:5 - Activity 4: Observing Mealworms & Earthworms
Through hands-on investigation and observations students will learn that the behaviors of off-spring are inherited from the parent organism.
TRB 5:5 - Activity 7: Variations for Survival
Students will choose from a number of final project options to describe how the physical characteristics of each organism provide it with a survival advantage in the environment in which it lives.
The Planet Wakyabi
This lesson focuses on students understanding how organisms' specialized structures and variations work with the environment to help them survive.
Trait Variations for Survival
Students will study two animals to understand how their variations give each a survival advantage.
Using Description to Write in Science
The purpose of this activity is to teach the text structure of descriptive writing in the science context of animal adaptations.
Water Pollution Graphing - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will evaluate the quality of a “water sample” (a bag of
skittles), graph their results, and form a hypothesis about the land use near the
location their “sample” was collected.
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