Review the new vocabulary of this video chapter (camouflage, mimicry and mate) with this gameshow-like interface. This timed and scored game can set up a healthy competition for team play on a per chapter basis.
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 helpful in 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. 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 group, in pairs, or individually.
Whole Class: The students begin by listening to the directions (click on the ?) and then click 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.
Have the students choose an animal that uses each of the types of adaptation described and present a short oral presentation on how the animal uses the adaptation type to help it escape its predator or capture its prey.
Language Arts: Have students create their own fictitious animal with its own special adaptations to avoid predators. They can write a paragraph or two and share their new animals with the class. They can also draw pictures of their new animal to enhance their writing.