1 class periods of 30 minutes each
Students will learn to recognize the specific adaptations of living things and relate them to survival within the animals environment.
- Old magazines, newspapers or anything with pictures or drawings of animals that is expendable.
- Plain paper
Other ways to play:
- Ask students to bring in old magazines, newspapers, etc.
- Students will search the periodicals for pictures or drawings of animals and cut them out.
- Students will glue cut outs on the top of a piece of plain paper leaving room underneath for writing. One subject per paper.
- Students will try to identify the subject's specific adaptations and write them below the picture along with why the student believes that adaptation is useful.
- On the other side of the paper students will list the environments that the subject does not inhabit leaving space for a few lines of writing in between environments.
- Student will try to imagine the subject in the new environment and write how the adaptations would be helpful or harmful in the new area.
- Assign individual or groups of students to search periodicals for living things with specific adaptations- i.e.; find all the animals with an adaptation for hunting prey, find all the animals with adaptations for living at night, etc.
- Assign students specific environments or biomes. Each will then search for all living things that are adapted to that environment- i.e.; find anything adapted to living in the desert, find anything adapted to life in the alpine biome, etc.
This lesson plan was developed by the Utah Museum of Natural History.