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Animal adaptation collection

Look at a collection of animal parts and/or live animals.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Evolution, Natural Selection (7)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes (grade 2)
Life Science: Plant Growth and Changes (grade 3)
Life Science: Habitats and Communities (grade 4)
Life Science: Diversity of Life (grade 6)
Life Science: Ecosystems (grade 7)
  • collection of animal parts e.g. antlers, feather, shell
  • if possible, live animals to observe e.g. gerbils or other caged pet, fish, snake, lizard, worms, wood bugs

Look at each animal part, and discuss it as an adaptation for the animal.
Look at the living animals, and ask students to note parts of its body that is an adaptation to its environment.

After laying the antlers on the table, ask the students what they are. Who they are from.
Students can carefully lift them to experience how heavy they are. How does a moose carry around that weight?
Use questions of students, along with asking them to notice features to lead discussion on antler formation and function
e.g. blood vessel lines: antlers were first cartilage covered in a skin with blood, then replaced by bone.
e.g. nibbled part provided calcium for other animals.

Grades tested: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Miriam Grob
Teaching site: 
General Gordon Elementary Science Club
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary Science Club