Fourth Grade Animal Adaptations

Introduction

ATTENTION all scientists! Your expertise is needed. The planet Earth is in need of more animal species. Your mission is to create a new animal to live anywhere on earth. Your job is to learn as much information about animal adaptations as you can. You will learn that each animal has 5 basic needs to survive: getting food/water, oxygen, maintaining body temperature, protection/defense, and making/finding shelter. As you create your animal, make sure it has the essential body parts that allows the animal to meet their 5 basic needs. You will be sharing your animal with your classmates at the end of the webquest.

ADAPTATION

A TRAIT OR BEHAVIOR AN ANIMAL HAS TO HELP IT SURVIVE

TRAIT- a characteristic which is passed onto offspring from parents (usually something seen)

BEHAVIOR - the way an organism acts

SURVIVE - to stay alive & grow

Task

The Task

Your task is to create a new animal and explain in detail how all adaptations are being used for the animal.

  • Choose an animal to research adaptations.
  • Visit various sites to research animal’s diet, behavior, appearance, structures and habitats.
  • Complete ROLE sheet.
  • Get with your group and brainstorm a new animal species using what you have learned from your research.
  • Create a KeyNote presentation giving information about your made up animal and its adaptations.
  • Present your KeyNote to the class.   
  • Draw a picture of your new animal species.
Process

The Process

1.  First you'll be assigned to a team of 4 students.

2.  You will each be responsible for one of the roles that follow as you research an animal.

  • The nutritionist will research the diet of the animal.
  • The psychologist will study the animals’ behavior and appearance.
  • The engineer will study the structures of the animal and how these allow it to live in its habitat.
  • The environmentalist will study the habitat of the animal.

3. When you are researching, choose an animal that you all agree upon and that has the same habitat as the animal your group will create.

Websites for research

Ecosystems

Adaptations

Animal Adaptations

Dirtmeister's

Fact Sheet

National Geographic

Animal Survival

Discover with Darwin

Edu Place- Physical adaptations

Behavior Adaptations

 

4. You will need to take notes about your animal as you research. Use role sheets provided to record your information.

Engineer    Environmentalist   Nutritionist    Psychologist

5. Now that you have learned about an animal and its adaptations that help it survive its habitat, it's time to put your creative hats on and create your animal based on what you have learned.

6. Use these same roles as you create your animal. Make sure you can explain how the animals’ adaptations would help it survive.

7. You will create a KeyNote with your group.

It should include:

  • A title page with the name of your animal and each of your names on it from your group.
  • A page created by each person based on their role.
  • Any interesting facts you want us to know about your new animal for planet Earth.

 

8. Draw a picture of your group’s new animal species.

9.  Use the provided storyboard to help you plan your KeyNote.

Evaluation

Evaluation

Below is a scoring guide that will be used to evaluate your group.

 

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

Recording

of

Information

 

Student did not answer all of the parts of their role sheet and they could’ve added more detail.

Student has answered all parts of the role sheet, but could have added more detail.

Student has completed all of the sections of the recording sheet with information on their role.

Student has completed all of the sections thoroughly of the recording sheet with information on their role.

 

 

KeyNote

Slides

 

 

Student has created their slide for the presentation and as a group they DO NOT have five slides.

Student has created their slide for the presentation and as a group they have five slides.

Student has created their slide for the presentation and as a group they have five slides.

Student has created their slide for the presentation and as a group they have five slides.

 

 

Content

The content of the slides and recorded information on role sheet is not accurate and or lacks detail.

The content of the slides and recorded information on role sheet is accurate, but needed more detail.

The content of the slides and recorded information on role sheet is accurate.

The content of the slides and recorded information on role sheet is accurate and detailed.

 

 

Cooperation in group

Student did work well in group and did not actively contribute to making the project the best it could be.

Student worked with group, but did not contribute much to making the project the best it could be.

Student worked well in group and actively contributed to making the project.

Student worked well in group and actively contributed to making the project the best it could be.

 

Conclusion

Conclusion

Congratulations, you have completed your mission! You have shown your understanding of adaptation by creating a unique animal for your planet. Visit the sites below for some fun activities about animal adaptation.

Mission Adaptation

EcoKids

Spot the Hare

Credits