Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Awesome Animal Adaptations - Section 3: Wrap-up


This part of the lesson proved quite challenging for some students and they ended up needing some additional context and access to computers to help them develop strong ideas. When needed, I provided students two scenarios to consider. First, I asked them to compare modern humans with primitive humans and explain some differences that may have led to our success on the planet. Second, I had them consider what adaptations we might need to develop to survive in the upcoming centuries.  

Students had many interesting answers (along with some not so interesting) on their lists such as:

  • Living in groups
  • Color vision
  • Immunity to disease
  • Use of tools 
  • Bipedalism
  • Binocular vision
  • Grasping fingers
  • Complex problem solving

I did find it interesting that students were quit easily able to identify the animal adaptations and some ideas on how predators/prey could adapt to "work against" successful adaptations mentioned (see video in activity section) but drew a blank when considering humans.

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Awesome Animal Adaptations

Unit 7: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lesson 1 of 14

Objective: SWBAT identify and explain how adaptations benefit species in a variety of ecosystems.

Big Idea: Students begin to uncover the cause and effect relationship between adaptations and evolution.

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Science, natural selection (Evolution), Evolution, ecosystem, adaptation, LS4.C, natural selection
  50 minutes
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