adaptations - are features organisms have to enable them to survive (and reproduce). behavioral adaptations - how they act in response to things (what does a cat do when threatened) structural adaptions - how their body parts function (what body parts can a cat use to fend off an enemy?)
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adaptations - are features organisms have to enable them to survive (and reproduce).
behavioral adaptations - how they act in response to things (what does a cat do when threatened)
structural adaptions - how their body parts function (what body parts can a cat use to fend off an enemy?)
Some protective adaptations are
locomotion - ability to move from place to place.
mimicry - is the ability to appear to be or to imitate something other than what you really are
warning coloration - color and patterns that make organisms more noticable or stand out to warn off others.
camouflage - colors and/or patterns that blend in with its surroundings in order to become less noticeable or hide.
Create your own creature
Students create a drawing of a real or imagined prehistoric creature and name the creature after a place of discovery, an honored person, or an adaptation.
1. Review. Think of the different adaptations we have discussed or seen in the films. The three ways scientists name something that is living or was once alive—after a person, a place, or an adaptation. Paleontologists often draw animals that they study.
2. Start Activity. You are going to create a profile of a real or imagined prehistoric creature (land or marine). To complete the assignment, you should:
• Draw the real or imagined animal.
• Label three adaptations, noting how it helped the animal survive in its environment.
• Explain where it was found and who first discovered it.
• Name the prehistoric creature. If it is an imagined animal, create a name after an adaptation, a place, or a person. If it is a real animal, explain the origins of its name.
• Write paragraph about the animal, where it lived, how it survived, what adaptations allowed it to be successful or unsuccessful (physical and behavioral), when it became extinct.
Student Presentations: Share your work with the class. Introduce your animal by name, describe the animal (including its body parts – adaptations and behavioral adaptations) and how those adaptations helped it survive in its environment, and determine if the animal is named after a person, a place, or an adaptation.
coot - lives in marshy areas foot padding serves to keep it from sinking into the soft ground. Claws for digging for food (roots, etc..) Can paddle in water. Long strong legs digging, wading in shallow water.
heron - long foot for balance, long legs for wading along rocky, sandy or muddy shorelines.
duck - webbed feet for propelling along water surface. Short legs, muscular for swimming.
ptarmigan - fur covered for winter warmth, helps widen foot for snowshoe effect. Clawed for digging.
eagle - strong leg foot for grasping prey. Talon (sharp claws) killing and grasping prey.Rough feet bottom to hold slippery fish prey.
sparrow - foot shaped to perch (grasp and hold a branch), talons to dig for insects.
pheasant - strong foot with extra talons for digging. bird lives on surface, foot is good for running.