Review the new vocabulary of this video chapter (instinct, behavioral, physical, and surroundings) with this gameshow-like interface. Divide the activity and give more students a chance to participate at the board.
In this vocabulary building activity, students are read a clue about the various adaptation types animals use. Review the video "Animal Adaptations" for vocabulary definitions. There is a short informational paragraph at the top of the page that can be helpfulin finding the correct answers. The "Hint:" describes the answer word. Following the "Hint" is a collection of letters that are used by students to spell out the word. Students must spell the word correctly in order to get credit. Use the blank square for hyphenated words. There is a time limit for each answer, and students can check how much time they have left by looking at the timer at the top of the screen. If the answer is correct, the students earn points and a positive 'ding' sound is made. If the student is incorrect, a 'blip' sounds and the letters return to the bank. If the students get stuck they can click on the SKIP button and the answer will be filled in automatically. Directions can be heard by clicking on the ? at the top of the screen.
This activity can be played whole group, small groups, in pairs, or individually.
Whole Class: The students begin by listening to the directions (click on the ?) and thenclick on START to play. Have a student read the paragraph and the Hint: at the top of the screen. The whole class or teams may brainstorm for possible answers. Pick students or assign a team rep to give answers. Have a clicker drag the letters to line and click SUBMIT to check. The class could vote on the right answer. Have a student orally spell the correct answer while others check it. You could also have teams compete using the timer. Assigning students with different jobs can make this fun when the whole class plays together.
As this section is about types of adaptations, students could draw or use information from magazines to create a poster of each type of adaptation with specific animals that use that type of adaptation under each category.
Science: Try to bring the idea of adaptation to a more complete level for the students by providing them with situations and having them describe adaptations that may need to be made to make the situation successful (i.e. a student in a wheelchair needs to access playground equipment; what adaptations can be made? Or Johnny broke his arm but wants to play kickball with his friends; what adaptations need to be made?).