In this 3-part unit, students will investigate the structures and functions of animals living in UtahÕs forests, deserts, and wetlands. Using this knowledge, they will create their own new species of animal that is adapted to one of these environments. This lesson is adaptable for in-class or at-home learning and aligned with SEEd standard 4.1.1.
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires people to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. A world-class facility, LLPA provides learning opportunities at all levels, interests, and ages. Since opening its new facility in Draper in March 2014, the Aquarium has welcomed over five million visitors and provided more than 650,000 educational experiences to students. Home to more than 4,500 animals representing 650 species, LLPA showcases ecosystems from around the planet including kelp forests, coral reefs, the deep ocean, Antarctic waters, Asian cloud forests, South American rain forests, and the waterways of our home state of Utah.
In this 3-part unit, students investigate structures and functions of rainforest animals. Using this knowledge, they will then design and create an invention inspired by nature. This lesson is adaptable for in-class or at-home learning and aligned with SEEd standard 2.2.4.
Design a solution to the human problem by mimicking the structure and function of plants and/or animals and how they use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
Construct an argument supported by evidence that the stability of populations is affected by changes to an ecosystem.
Construct an explanation from evidence that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.