Monday, October 31, 2011

Teaching Tips Animal Adaptations

Teaching Tips Animal Adaptations.
When teaching children about adaptation of living things in Science, it is important but often difficult to get them to understand about why certain animals have developed certain physical features over the course of evolution. This idea will help you to do this, as well as illustrate how the 'survival of the fittest' theory comes in.
Choose two animals from very different habitats, e.g. polar bear and African elephant. Discuss with your class how each animal is perfectly designed for its environment (e.g. polar bear has fur with layers of fat underneath; elephant has large ears to fan away pests and let out heat from its body). The class could produce detailed diagrams of the animals' bodies and how the different components come in useful.
Secondly, create a 'Polarphant' and an 'Elebear' (polar bear and elephant which have been transported...

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