Lion Country Safari Animal Adaptations Program 1
To expand students’ knowledge of animal features and behaviors that can help or hinder their survival in a particular habitat.
Animals come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. They live in different habitats around the world. Over time, they have developed special body parts and special behaviors that help them survive in their habitat. Each animal has adapted to the conditions of their habitat and has developed ways to use the available resources. These changes are called adaptations. An adaptation is an inherited characteristic. It is not developed over an animal’s lifetime but over generations. Adaptations may be physical, behavioral, or physiological. The high hind legs of a cheetah are a physical adaptation. The annual migration of the monarch butterfly is a behavioral adaptation; while a chameleon, changing its skin color for camouflage, displays a physiological adaptation. This program uses live animals and hands-on activities to reinforce the students’ understanding of how animals’ adaptations help them to survive in the wild.
This program meets the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and is STEAM compliant:
SC.5.L.17.1: Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors, and physical characteristics.
SC.5.L.15.1: Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce which others die or move to new locations.
MAFS.4.NBT.2.4: Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
MAFS.(4,5).NBT.2.5: Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.
MAFS.(4, 5).MD.1.1: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.
VA.4.C.1.1: Integrate ideas during the art-making process to convey meaning in personal works of art.
VA.(4,5).C.1.2: Describe observations and apply prior knowledge to interpret visual information and reflect on works of art.
VA.5.C.2.2: Analyze personal artworks to articulate the motivations and intentions in creating personal works of art.
Supplemental Materials for Teachers:
Adaptations I Activity 1
This activity is designed to introduce students to some of Lion Country Safari’s animals and their adaptations. Answers: Amazon parrot, giraffe, Solomon Island prehensile-tailed skink, zebra, spider monkey, African crested porcupine.
Adaptations I Activity 2
Print a copy of this chart for each student (or group of students, if you would prefer that they work on this as a group activity) and ask the students to complete it on their visit. When you get back to class, review their charts.