Being able to adapt is a matter of life or death.
Animals who can't adapt - die!
For animals, adaptation is the idea that animals have developed features
that help them to survive and thrive where they live.
Some adaptations are purely physical. Fish have fins to help them swim and gills that let them breathe underwater. Without those two special traits, they would have a very hard time surviving in their watery environment. Animals also adapt through certain behaviors. When threatened, a porcupine extends its quills, making it very hard for a fox to eat them.
But we humans kind of cheat -we use technology to adapt to change. We can fit in almost any environment on the planet - from icy cold Antarctica to the bottom of the ocean. We design and build better air conditioners, warmer parkas, better diving suits, and lights to see in the dark. Technology lets us adapt quickly to changes in our environment. However, for other animals, adaptation is a slow, steady process which may take hundreds of thousands of years to accomplish. Some of the changes we humans make can lead to the death of entire species of animals. We can change things so fast that we make it hard for other animals to "fit in". They do not have the time needed to develop sufficient means of adapting to the changed environment.
Check out these internet sites, read carefully, and see if you can find what special adaptations these animals have. Often asking yourself "where does this animal live?" and "what does it eat?" can lead you to an adaptation.
1. Camels have many adaptations that allow them to live successfully in desert conditions. How many can you find?
2. Try this Lincoln Park Zoo site for more info.
1.Beavers have many adaptations that help them in their underwater work? How many can you find?
or visit Who Zoo for more info.
|California King Snake||Canada
Or visit Nature Works for more info.
1. Hippos have many adaptations for their time spent in the water? How many can you find?
1. Vultures are specially adapted for their jobs as scavengers. How many can you find?
1. Koalas have adapted to their food and to spending a lot of time in trees. How many adaptations can you find?
1. Mountain Goats are they adapted for living at the tops of high, cold mountains. How many adaptations can you find?
Try this site for more info.
1. The Pacific Walrus is well adapted for living in the cold Arctic. How many adaptations can you find?
1. The porcupine has a unique adaptation that you can't miss. What is it? Can you find more?
1. Sea otters spend almost their entire lives in water. They eat, sleep, and even have their babies in water. What special adaptations do they have that help them do this?
African Burrowing Bullfrog
1. Try this WhoZoo site for even more info.
1. Try this site for even more info.
1. Try this Oakland Zoo site for more info.
|The following sites allow students to use their images for projects.|
|CC||classroom clipart has|
|CC SB||classroom clipart has, type in search box at the very bottom of page|
|HZ||honolulu zoo has|
|P4L||Pics for Learning|
|BFP||Barry's Free Photos|
|SNZ||Smithsonian National Zoo|
|APA||Animal Picture Archive- check copyright info on these|
|SPFD||A Kid's View of Dickerson Park Zoo|
|ASBB||Animal Scoop - Billy Bear|
Thanks to LINDA MOSBACKER and
the Utah Education Network for the original activity.
Changes have been made to the original to adapt it for our 4th graders.
Thanks to http://teacher.scholastic.com/dirtrep/animal/tguide.htm also.