A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the structural adaptations of plants and animals.
Provide the students with a copy of the Plant and Animal Adaptations Vocabulary Task. Encourage the students to match the definitions of as many key terms as possible in a set amount of time e.g. five minutes. Students can return to this task as the unit progresses.
Explain the structural adaptations activity on slide 13. Place the students into small groups and assign them a plant or animal from the Plant and Animal Adaptations Worksheet Pack. Answer any questions the students may have about the task.
Allow the students time to brainstorm structural adaptations for their plant or animal in their groups. Monitor and support the students as required.
Allow each group to share their ideas about their plant or animal with the rest of the class. As each group shares their ideas, display the slide which corresponds to that plant or animal (slides 14-21). Discuss any additional adaptations on the slide that students may have missed.
Play a game of ‘Twenty Questions’. One student selects an animal. The class must try and guess the identity of the secret animal, based only on clues relating to structural adaptations e.g. I have thick blubber to protect me from the cold. The student who guesses the secret animal chooses the next animal.
Encourage fast finishers to list some structural adaptations for a plant or animal of their own choosing.
Allow less confident students to be assisted by their peers during group work.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities