Animal Characteristics are Related to Environments
The student is expected to investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.
The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments.
Arctic Adaptations: National Park Service (website) - Describes arctic animals and the characteristics that enable them to survive the harsh polar environment are described.
Animal Types and Characteristics: Colorado Sate University (website) - A collection of photographs and facts about animal characteristics.
Animals: National Geographic Kids (website) - Discover fascinating facts about the characteristics and behaviors of animals. Website includes pictures, videos, maps, and printable pictures with facts.
Animal Adaptations - Animal Disguises: SeaWorld/Busch Gardens (PDF) - Investigate how cryptic coloration helps ocean animals survive with their environments.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Who Am I? National Geographic (website) - Animals that live in the desert have many different external characteristics. Use this lesson to teach about those characteristics.
Habitat: Sierra Club John Muir Study Guide (PDF) – Students learn about the naturalist, John Muir, and select a favorite animal and plant species to illustrate and describe.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Fishing Fun! Project Wild - Growing up Wild (PDF) - Children engage in a dramatic play fishing game and learn about fish.
Animal Diversity: Science NetLinks (website) - Observe how the environment may affect the physical characteristics of animals and plants.
The Structure of Redworms - Animals Two by Two: FOSSWEB (PDF) - Observe the physical characteristics and behaviors of redworms. Use No. 14-17 reproducible sheets.
Give students four pictures of different animals. Have each student identify and explain at least one external characteristic of each animal and discuss how that characteristic helps the animal to live and move.
Skin, Scales and Shells. Miles, Elizabeth. (ISBN-13: 978-1403404305)
Why Mammals Have Fur. Hinshaw Patent, Dorothy. (ISBN-13: 978-0525651413)
Would You Survive? Townsend, John (ISBN-13: 978-1410919694)
Animals on the Deadly 60: National Geographic (website) Discover the characteristics of 60 animals that make them the most dangerous animals in the world.
Science in the Schoolyard Video (Grade 2 Insects): FOSSWEB (website) - Observe as teachers and students take science outdoors to observe insects. Watch the video by selecting “Grade 2 (Insects).”
Thermoregulation - Animal Sing Along: SeaWorld/Busch Gardens (PDF) - Through role play and song, students learn about warm and cold-blooded animals and demonstrate the behaviors used to dissipate excess body heat.