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Animal Adaptations

Video Objectives

  1. Students will learn animals have basic needs that have to be met in order for them to survive and reproduce: Food, Water, Oxygen, Climate (the weather of a place averaged over many years), Protection from predators, Shelter (a place where an animal is protected from other animals or from the weather), Reproduce and raise young.
  2. Students will understand animals survive because each species has specialized characteristics or features that provide them with ways to meet their needs in whatever environment or habitat they live. These characteristics are call adaptations.
  3. Students will observe an adaptation may be a physical part of an animal or a particular behavior that it exhibits.
    1. Body parts are called physical or structural adaptations.
    2. Behaviors are called behavioral adaptations. There are two types:
      i) Instinctual (know “naturally” without being taught)
      ii) Learned (must be taught)
    3. Symbiosis is a type of adaptation involving two types of animals living in a close relationship. There are three kinds
      i) Parasitism
      ii) Commensalism
      iii) Mutualism
  4. Students will know if an environment changes significantly, an animal must move, change or die.

Classroom Activites

  1. Before viewing the video

    1. Brainstorm with the students the basic needs of humans--what we must have in order to survive in this world. Review list after viewing.
  2. After viewing the video

    1. Brainstorm behavioral adaptations or physical adaptations of an animal the students are familiar with, such as a pet. Classify the behaviors as learned or instinctual.
    2. Pair up the students. Direct them to choose a habitat, then brainstorm various animals that live there. For each animal, list an adaptation which enables it to survive there. After each adaptation, write which basic need it fulfills and whether the adaptation is physical or behavioral. (Books with photos of animals of various habitats would be helpful.)

Vocabulary Words

1. Adaptation
2. Behavioral adaptations
3. Blubber
4. Camouflage
5. Canine teeth
6. Carnivore
7. Climate
8. Cold-blooded
9. Commensalism
10. Environment
11. Gills
12. Habitat
13. Herbivore
14. Hibernation
15. Incisors
16. Instinct
17. Instinctual behavior
18. Insulator
19. Lungs
20. Migration
21. Mimicry
22. Molars
23. Mutualism
24. Natural surroundings
25. Needs
26. Omnivore
27. Oxygen
28. Parasitism
29. Physical adaptations
30. Protective coloration
31. Reproduce
32. Shelter
33. Symbiosis
34. Warm-blooded
35. Warning coloration

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Animal Adaptations

Welcome to Camp Wilderness! Join Counselor Tom and the campers of Team Five as they travel through the animal kingdom and learn about the adaptations animals have make in order to live and prosper. Covers both the physical and behavioral adaptations of animals in regard to getting food, water, oxygen, protection from predators, shelter, and reprodu...

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Chapters (01-11)

 00 - Play All
01 - Introduction
02 - Basic Needs
03 - Physical and Behavioral...
04 - Adaptations to Get Food
05 - Adaptations to Get Wate...
06 - Adaptations to Get Oxyg...
07 - Adaptation to Climate
08 - Adaptation for Protecti...
09 - Adaptations for Reprodu...
10 - Symbiosis
11 - Review

Animal Adaptations
Animal Adaptations

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