Mystery Species


Overview:

After discussing the conditions of different habitats, students will design a “mystery” animal that would be able to survive there.

Objectives: Students will be able to…

Materials:

Procedure:

  1. Begin with discussion questions to generate students’ ideas about adaptations and the form and function of organisms and how they relate to survival. Facilitate the discussion and help them to recognize there are many different types of adaptations, both physical and behavioral, that relate to habitat conditions. Temperature regulation, water needs, food source, prey/predator relationships, etc…
  2. Make predictions about the adaptations of organisms in specific habitats.
  3. Have students research the conditions of different habitats and ecosystems.
  4. Students then construct a “mystery” animal for a given habitat. Every physical characteristic represented in their drawing should be justifiable to habitat conditions. Does form accurately fit function in their pictures?
  5. Have students label all parts of their drawing with explanations of each physical characteristic and how it will help them survive.

Extensions:


For similar and fully developed lessons on habitats and adaptations:
  • Make It A Habitat: http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/activities/makeitahabitat/
  • Sample Aquatic
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