Author:
Shellet
Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Lower Elementary
Tags:
  • Animal Habitat
  • Lesson Plan
  • uol
  • uolk-2
  • uollesson
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Text/HTML, Video

    Education Standards

    Animal Adaptations

    Animal Adaptations

    Overview

    • 3.2.4  Students will compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals.

    • 3.2.2  Students will differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle.

    Created by: Shellet Rowley.  Picture taken by: Shellet Rowley

    Summary

    Students will compare structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive in different environments.

    • One day - One week 
    • Face to Face

     

    Background for Teachers

    Teachers will need to know the following science standards:

    • 3.2.4  Students will compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals.

    • 3.2.2  Students will differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle.

    • Search the following resource for more information about animal habitats. Login on Utah Online Schools Library, select elementary, select digital science online, select elementary, life, and adaptations. https://www.visuallearningsys.com/subscription/

    • How to make a photo collage with Google Photos, Photoshop, and Canva

    • Know how to use the basic tools in Adobe Rush and Adobe Spark so you can help your students make a video.  

    • Know how to add voice, photos, and video recording to Adobe Rush and Adobe Spark.

    • Know how to publish a video for peers and parents to view with Adobe Spark and Adobe Rush

     

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Students will be able to…

    • Determine which traits are inherited by the animal and which are learned

    • Predict which environment an animal belongs to due to the adaptations it has

    • Analyze organisms in their environment and make predictions about what would happen to the environment with specific changes

    • Design organisms that would be able to survive in certain environments because of the adaptations they applied to it

    • Use a program to make a photo collage with three pictures in it

    • Make a digital story with Adobe Spark or Adobe Rush

    Students will know…

    • Animals have specific adaptations that help them survive in a specific environment

    • The difference and application of Learned Traits and Inherited Traits

    • The removal or introduction of predators can be damaging or beneficial for their entire environment

    • Just because the adaptation an animal has can be helpful in more than one environment does not mean that the animal will survive

    • Thumbs (among other things) are one key adaptation that helps humans thrive

    • Humans are not the only species that change their environment

    • The definition of adaptation

    • Animals migrate to different climates

    • The difference between physical and behavior adaptation

    • An animal camouflages itself to escape predators

    • Some animals hibernate

    • How to use Adobe Rush or Adobe Spark to create a digital story

     

    Step 3 - Instruction

     

    1. Watch Animal adaptation video to hook your students.

    2. Talk about the definition of adaptation and environment. Adapatation- a characteristic of a living thing that helps it survive in its environment. Environment- includes everything living and non-living in the area that a plant or animal lives in.  All living things have adaptations, even humans.

    3. Watch full video on Adaptations on Utah Schools Online Library. You can find this by: Login on Utah Online Schools Library, select elementary, select digital science online, select elementary, life, and adaptations. https://www.visuallearningsys.com/subscription/

    3. Each student will read the article Animal Adaptation Article. The students must answer the questions in the article.  Discuss the vocabulary in the article.  Go over the questions in the article with the students together.  

    4.  Give the students a table to label the animal with its environment and adaptation. Animal, Environment, and Adapatation Table. The students will label the animals from the article in the table.

    5. Study animal adaptation vocabulary. This can be found on Utah Online Schools Library: See ink above

    6. Read: Name That Adaptation article. This can be found on Utah Online Schools Library: See ink above

    7. Hand out Name That Adaptation worksheet. Discuss the adaptation each animal has. This can be found on Utah Online Schools Library: See ink above

    Collage Cover Page

    1) You will make a Photo Collage of your animal adaptation.  In this collage you need to include three pictures.  First picture will be of an animal.  Second photo is of an adaptation that animal has, and the Fourth photo is of the habitat the animal lives in.  You may use your own photos or one from the internet.  If you use a photo that is not yours you must obey copyright laws and cite where the photo came from. I have included videos for you to watch so you don't infringe upon copyright laws.  I have also included several "How To" videos on collages.

    If you are using someone elses photo, cite where the photo came from.  The following videos provide important information on copyright, citations, and responsible posting.

    Citation, Copyright
    Citation
    Cite a Google Image

    2). These videos will give you instructions on different programs you can use to make a collage.

    Google Photos
    Collage in Photoshop
    Photo Collage in Canva

    3). Put a title on your Collage

    4). I have attached a rubric so you will know what is expected for the collage.

    Collage Rubric

    Digital Storytelling Project

    1. Students will use their knowledge on animals, their adaptations, and their habitats from this lesson to write a rough draft of a story.  Students may work in groups to write the script to their digital storytelling video.

    2. Students find a peer to review their story.  Peers will make grammar revisions, as well as give feedback for improvements.  After peer revision the teacher will revise the rough draft.

    3. Students will write a final draft to their story.

    4. Students will make a diarama of a habitat for the setting of their story.

    5. Students will draw an animal or animals for the characters of their story.

    6. Students will take pictures or videos of their animal and the habitat to go with in their digital story.

    7. Students will use Adobe Spark or Adobe Rush to make their digital story.

    Adobe Spark
    Adobe Rush

    8. Students will create a digital storytelling video and share it with their peers.  

    9. Students will insert their images or videos into their digital story.

    10. Students will record their voice and place it in the correct position on their video so that their voice is in sinc with the videos or images.

    11. Students will use sound in part of their video.  They may use the sound that is already in the program or they can choose sound from soundzabound.

    Soundzabound

    12. Students must add text to their video.  This can be just in their title and citation page.

    13. Students will add transitions to their video.

    14. Students will make sure that their video meets all the expectations in the rubric.

    15. Students will save and publish their video.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Teachers can adjust this lesson to meet the needs of all students by allowing them to work in groups to complete a group story.  Students can help each other with their stories and putting them together on Adobe Spark.

    Step 4 - Assessments

    1. Students will be assessed through formative and summativel assessments.  They will have several pre-assessments so instruction can be modified to the students background knowledge level.

    Post-Test Utah Schools Online Library

    Rubric to Tests and Vocabulary on page 12.

    Post Assessment and Rubric can be found on Utah Online Schools Library :  Login on Utah Online Schools Library, select elementary, select digital science online, select elementary, life, and adaptations. https://www.visuallearningsys.com/subscription/