Animal Adaptations - Grades 1 -4

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 Recommended for Grades 1 - 4

Every animal has special features which help it to survive. Together we explore the physical and behavioral attributes of birds, mammals, and insects.  Students participate in experiments, view mounted specimens, examine natural history artifacts, and engage in unique activities!  (This half-day class may be combined with another, to create a full-day trip to the Conservancy!)

In Your Classroom: $120 per class up to 24 students plus a $10 Travel & Transportation fee per class
At the Conservancy: $8 per person ($80 minimum per class) 

For more information or for reservations contact: Linda Oltman, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (610) 287-9383 or loltman@perkiomenwatershed.org.

What the students are saying:
 I learned so many new things today!  I really liked to touch the animals.  I also liked to play the games, it was really fun!  I think the watershed is the best place to go in the whole wide world! 
            3rd Grade Student, EMC Elementary School                                        

What the teachers are saying:
Wonderful program - the students were focused the entire time! 
            3rd Grade Teacher, Grasse Elementary School

PDE Academic Standards covered by this lesson include:
3.1.1.A1 - Categorize living and nonliving things by external characteristics.
3.1.1.A9 - • Distinguish between scientific fact and opinion. • Ask questions about objects, organisms, and events. • Understand that all scientific investigations involve asking and answering questions and comparing the answer with what is already known. • Plan and conduct a simple investigation and understand that different questions require different kinds of investigations. • Use simple equipment (tools and other technologies) to gather data and understand that this allows scientists to collect more information than relying only on their senses to gather information. • Use data/evidence to construct explanations and understand that scientists develop explanations based on their evidence and compare them with their current scientific knowledge. • Communicate procedures and explanations giving priority to evidence and understanding that scientists make their results public, describe their investigations so they can be reproduced, and review and ask questions about the work of other scientists.
4.1.1.A - Identify and describe the basic needs of living things in a terrestrial habitat.

3.1.2.C2 - Explain that living things can only survive if their needs are being met.
4.1.2.D - Identify differences in living things (color, shape, size, etc.) and describe how adaptations are important for survival.
4.1.2.E - Identify how living things survive changes in their environment.
4.1.2.F - • Distinguish between scientific fact and opinion. • Ask questions about objects, organisms and events. • Understand that all scientific investigations involve asking and answering questions and comparing the answer with what is already known. • Plan and conduct a simple investigation and understand that different questions require different kinds of investigations. • Use simple equipment (tools and other technologies) to gather data and understand that this allows scientists to collect more information than relying only on their senses to gather information. • Use data/evidence to construct explanations and understand that scientists develop explanations based on their evidence and compare them with their current scientific knowledge. • Communicate procedures and explanations giving priority to evidence and understanding that scientists make their results public, describe their investigations so they can be reproduced and review and ask questions about the work of other scientists.

3.1.3.A1 - Describe characteristics of living things that help to identify and classify them.
3.1.3.C1 - Recognize that many plants and animals can survive harsh environments because of seasonal behaviors (e.g. hibernation, migration, trees shedding leaves).
3.1.3.C2 - Describe animal characteristics that are necessary for survival.
4.1.3.D - Identify organisms that are dependent on one another in a given ecosystem.

 3.1.4.A1 - Classify plants and animals according to the physical characteristics that they share.
3.1.4.A2 - Describe the different resources that plants and animals need to live.
3.1.4.B2 - Recognize that reproduction is necessary for the continuation of life.
3.1.4.B5 - PATTERNS - Identify observable patterns in the physical characteristics of plants or groups of animals.
3.1.4.C2 - Describe plant and animal adaptations that are important to survival.
4.1.4.D - Explain how specific adaptations can help organisms survive in their environment.