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Animal Needs & Adaptations Mini-Book

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 2 - 3

Read and learn about animal adaptations and basic needs with this 14-page mini-book.

Review Animal Adaptations and Basic Needs With An Activity-Based Mini-Book! 

What do all animals need in order to survive? Animals need air, water, food, and shelter to survive. This mini-book covers each of the necessities in-depth as well as unique adaptations of some animals. Behavioral and structural adaptations such as sharp claws, migration, and webbed feet are some special adaptations students will encounter as they learn about animal survival.  Students will have several check-for-understanding opportunities as they work through the 14 mini-pages. 

Through this activity, students will review the major needs of animals in order for them to survive. Students will also compare the specific needs of different animal species.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this animal needs mini-book to enhance learning through guided science groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need support by completing the mini-book in a 1-on-1 setting or with a small group.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who need an additional challenge, encourage them to make an infographic or poster showcasing different animal needs and adaptations.

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Print the mini-book pages, assemble, and staple them to secure. 

This resource was created by Allie Kleijnjans, a teacher in Pennsylvania and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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