3rd Grade Science Quest: Animal Adaptations


Science Quest: Animal Adaptations

In this lesson, we are going to learn about what animals do to survive as a species.  These things animals have or do are called adaptations. 

We will learn about physical adaptations such as: camouflage bright colors, mimicry, and others.

Behavioral adaptations such as migration, hibernation, play dead, and others.

Step 0

Before you start: Take this quiz to see if you remember some of the words used in your last science class.




Image: Opposum, playing dead to save himself from a predator.

Step 1

What is an adaptation? And what is physical or behavioral?

Here you will read a little and then watch some interesting videos.


Step 2

After reading, and taking some notes, answer this question: What are two new words you learned on this website?


Type your answer here. And your name. www.wooclap.com/TTSXJF


Step 3

This is going to be even more fun!

Now,  watch a video explaining different adaptations we see in the animal world every day. 

First, watch the video, then, take a quiz at the end of the page.



Step 4

Here, I need you to use your own voice and mind and explain some of the cool things you have learned so far.


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Step 5. Dig deeper

Now, you are going to watch an awesome tv program explaining other adaptations animals use to protect themselves and to eat.

This will only allow you to watch 5 videos for free so push on “continue as a student”, trial. Enjoy! :)




Step 6  Time to shine.

Last, you are going to create a slideshow presenting the ideas learned in the lesson. 

  1. Use your tool, Google Slides https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/0/  to create a set of 8 slides explaining the ideas learned in the lesson. 

  2. Remember to sign in using your student account and share slide with Ms. Salazar.

  3. Each slide should have one idea with at least three sentences or more, and one illustration. Prove that you learned interesting things in this lesson and show examples of them.

  4. Quality is important too, follow the rubric attached.








Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.

Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.

Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.

Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.


Content is well organized using headings or bulleted lists to group related material.

Uses headings or bulleted lists to organize, but the overall organization of topics appears flawed.

Content is logically organized for the most part.

There was no clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts.


No misspellings or grammatical errors.

Three or fewer misspellings and/or mechanical errors.

Four misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

More than 4 errors in spelling or grammar.


All requirements are met and exceeded.

All requirements are met.

One requirement was not completely met.

More than one requirement was not completely met.



You are a genius! You have worked so hard!! Now you know much more about animals and you can share it with your class!

Step 7

Add to the slides as the last slide what was the part of this WebQuest that you enjoyed the most.

******If you have extra time, you can choose and play one of these fun games:




Generation Genius. (2020) Adaptations and Environment.    Retrieved from 



Legends of learning (2020) Adaptation Science games.  Retrieved from https://www.legendsoflearning.com/learning-objectives/adaptation/


PBS Learning Media. (n.d.) Animal Adaptations. Retrieved from https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ac85c408-5461-4f5b-934a-43af924ac622/animal-adaptations/


Scholastic Inc. Study Jams. (n.d.) Animal Adaptations. Retrieved From http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/animals/animal-adaptations.htm


Image Credits

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Teacher Page

This is a Content-Based 3rd grade Lesson.

The topic is Science: Animal adaptations.

The Goal is to acquire both the Content and the Language or Vocabulary for this topic in science. 

Adaptation for Newcomers:

Newcomers will enjoy watching the animals and they can use the visuals to make a list of animals and vocabulary learned in the lesson such as the verbs, eat, climb, crawl, run, fly, swim, walk. Use visual cues to help the Newcomer student learn these new words and incorporate them in simple phrases. More simplified language can be expected depending on the newcomers level. Phrases like "The Zebras walk. The Birds fly. The snakes crawl." can be productions showing that the student is acquiring the language, ***do not focus on grammar with newcomers, allow them and encourage them to use the new vocabulary to express their ideas. ***Take into account that some animals are different from where they come from, allow them to show you using the home language, what are animals they know from back home that are special.