Adaptations are important for survival for all living things, even for humans. Living things (plants and animals, including humans) have external features that allow them to survive in a variety of environments. Through experimentation, students will discover how difficult it is to manage simple tasks without the use of their thumbs. They will also learn about some adaptations other animals have that help them survive without thumbs.
Ogden Nature Center
The 152-acre preserve is our foundation, but education is our focus. Each year the Ogden Nature Center brings more than 50,000 children, teachers, and adults together with nature through hands-on field classes. Participants in our education programs, both for school groups and for the community, observe and learn about plants and animals up-close, discovering the pleasure of being in nature and realizing their own connection to the environment.
Explore the world of trees with a video about how humans use trees, learn the parts of a tree, and download a tree scavenger hunt that you can use at school, at home, or around the neighborhood.
This activity has students cutting out animal and what they leave behind cards. Students will shuffle the cards and match the item left behind to the animal it could belong to.
In this lesson and its accompanying activities students will learn about
the different kinds of adaptations animals and plants have that help them survive
winter. Students also will learn how to examine nature for clues as to which kinds of
animals are active in winter.
Learn how our animal friends do many of the same things that humans do in getting ready for and surviving winter -- even if they do them a little differently. Watch a fun video, with a work-along worksheet, do a winter adaptations matching activity, and download a card game about the kinds of signs animals can leave behind.
Students will explore the adaptations bats use to find their prey and the strategies moths use to
avoid being captured and eaten using an active game.
This worksheet quizzes students on their understanding of bird habitats and the adaptations that help them survive.
Students will understand that birdsÕ beaks are adapted for the food they eat and the habitat
they live in. Through this activity they will match a food item to a beak tool that they feel will
best work with that food item. They will then match that beak tool to the picture of the bird
they think has that kind of beak.
Students will find out what makes a bird a bird as they visit the bird breakfast cafe, and sharpen their bird identification skills by using a bird identification guide and trying their hand at a bird scavenger hunt.
Students will draw what they think a scientist looks like and does. After a discussion about scientists with their teacher and peers, students will reevaluate their drawing and make modifications or create a new drawing. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the "Try This At Home" activity!
Students will explore local plants. In partners, one student will lead a blindfolded
student to a plant, where the blindfolded student will meet the plant and make as many
observations about it as they can. Based on these observations, the blindfolded student will
then try to find the plant they met, this time also using their sight. Afterwards, students will
draw their plant, including all of their observations.
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Students will use their nature journals to document what they see around them.
They can use the journals to write, draw, or record observations about the natural world.
Watch a fun video about owls and owl pellet dissection, download a worksheet about owl parts, and get information on how to obtain owl pellets to dissect and explore yourself. There are also some instructions for creating cool owl crafts.
This is a running game, similar to sharks and minnows, where the students will take
on the role of animals, and learn about their different traits and adaptations.