Animal Adaptations PPT
Created by Jeffery Stansfield
ID #: 28266

Subject Area: Science
Grade Level: 4

Lesson Summary
Produce a Power Point Presentation on animal adaptations. The students will learn about the various biomes and be able to describe how an animalís adaptations help them to survive in their environment. During their research the students should be able to describe how an animalís body structure helps to protect it. The PPT will have a minimum of 7 slides with notes and presented the slide show to the class.

Learning Objectives and Computer Functions
This lesson plan uses 5 objectives.

Objective 1: Find out how animal structures are important for survival.
Uses Library Catalog to explore animal structure.

Uses Other to write clear notes and data.

Uses Word Processing to organize their data.

Objective 2: Explore how camouflage helps animals to survive.
Uses Library Catalog to read about camouflage.

Uses Library Catalog to write descriptions of the relationship about this

Uses The Internet to explore how certain adaptation behaviors aid an an

Uses Word Processing to write down the data found.

Uses Publishing Tools to create a slide show with at least 7 slides.

Objective 3: Describe an animal behavior that aids in their survival.
Uses The Internet to explore and learn about simple animal behaviors or

Uses Publishing Tools to write their data in a graphic organizer prior to c

Uses Publishing Tools to outline their data.

Objective 4: Examine how simple behaviors or adaptations can assist animals in gathering food to help them survive.
Uses The Internet to examine how behavior or adaptation assist aniamls

Uses Publishing Tools to create a 7 slide Power Point presentation.

Objective 5: Present their findings from research conducted to the class through a PPT presentation.
Uses Publishing Tools to present the slide show

Problem Nature
Some behaviors are learned while other adaptations are passes or changed over time through nature. Some animals are well equipped to survive in their environment while others have not quite adapted as fast. Animal structure often includes various adaptations to assist them in surviving in their environment.

Problem Data

Notes on Using Data
As a class we will create a prior knowledge think sheet. This will be were students write down all they know about animal adaptations. Then we will discuss these was a whole group. This discussion will be followed by a field trip to the Columbus State Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. Here the students will learn about many of the animals, habitats and their adaptations. The students should be taking notes and gathering information first hand. This center has many live creatures, demonstrations and discussions about many aspects of animal habitats. After this trip the students will write down all adaptation information they know now and compare to their prior knowledge sheet. Describe what adaptations do and how they work with examples of a few different kinds. Students will then conduct research. Students will rotate through computers, desk work, and media center while in the classroom. In the classroom students will read the text books and write down data in an organized manner (Outline or graphic organizer). In the media center students will be specifically looking at camouflage on the internet with the media center specialist. On the computers in the lab students will research animal adaptations to include descriptions for many animals, type of adaptation, and explain how adaptations occur. When data has been collected students will create a Power Point presentation (7 slide minimum).

Problem Statement
While on a scientific expedition to observe animals in the Galapagos Island scientists found a new animal. The animal is about the size of a rat. It has horns and one large claw. The absence of claws on each toe and no tail the scientists would like to ask you to assist them with detecting environmental conditions and reasons for these adaptations.

Data Manipulation
The learner used computers at intermediate level

Integration Strategies
We will be using three strategies to encourage all of the students to participate. The strategies will be tiered assignments, adjusting questions, and flexible grouping.

Organization Strategies
We will use whole groups, peer tutors, and heterogeneous grouping of students.

Elaboration Strategies
Draw different cycles such as the water cycle or life cycle of an animal try to find a correlation between the two cycles. Draw pictures of two habitats to see if you can distinguish why different adaptations are developed in an animal. Try seeing if another adaptation would be more beneficial.

Results Presentation

Students will present their PPT to the class. Each slide show should be rehearsed and reviewed for timing and notes pages printed.

Activities Before Using the Computer
1. The class discussion will center on comparing an animalís structure to a plantís. 2. The students will read the lessons in their text books to see if their comparisons were true or need to be modified. 3. All students will create a think sheet with their present view of an animal adaptation. 4. The class will discuss the adaptations, uses, and how these changes occur. 5. We will go on a field trip to Columbus State Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. 6. Back in class we will review what we have learned so far from the text book and learning center. 7. All students should be taking notes on the transferred information. 8. Now students will compare their prior knowledge think sheet to actual data collected and clear up misconceptions and strengthen the correct concepts. 9. Students pair up with assigned peer and mentor partners and begin the research phase. 10. Students will rotate through the media center where they will learn specifically about animals that use camouflage to hide and protect themselves. The media specialist is there to assist in this operation. 11. The desk work is where they will be reading books, organizing there data, creating an outline, and planning there PPT slide drafts. 12. In the computer lab students will be looking at other adaptations and more habitats.

Strategies to develop students' attitudes towards the problem, motivation, and overall mindfulness:
Adaptations can be a mix of many animal functions. Students will create their own animal with specific adaptations. These animals should be realistic and detailed. The students should explain in explicit terms what adaptations are included and the role of each. Example: 3 inch claws for digging into clay. This would imply the claws are strong and also describes part of its habitat. The student may draw the picture first to help in the descriptions.


Activities While Using the Computer
Students will work at the computer indiv

Group Information:


Activities After Using the Computer
After the research students will continue using the computers to create a PPT slide show with at least 7 slides. Drafts should be made that will assist them in the actual creation of the PPT.

Supporting Activities
Drafts of PPT, animal creation with various adaptations with pictures to show what it looks like.

Students will be assessed by means of:

Included in the assessment:
Students will be assessed on the effort displayed, drafts of PPT, data collected, verbal questioning on concepts, PPT show and presentation.

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