Plant and Animal Adaptations Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Plant and Animal Adaptations Unit Plan

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8 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 5 - 6

This Science unit addresses the concept of plant and animal adaptations.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An inquiry-based research task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the concepts of adaptation, evolution and genetic mutation.
  • To explore the structural adaptations of plants and animals.
  • To explore the behavioral adaptations of plants and animals.
  • To explore the physiological adaptations of plants and animals.
  • To investigate how blubber works as an insulator.
  • To deepen understanding of animal adaptations through inquiry-based research.

This Science unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration with Literacy. Teachers may wish teach to this unit concurrently with the Writing Informative Texts Unit – Year 5 and Year 6. This will equip the students with the necessary skills to successfully complete this unit’s assessment task.

Prior to commencing the unit, create a plant and animal adaptations display in your classroom.  Display word wall vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Plant and Animal Adaptations collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Introduction to Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the concepts of adaptation, evolution and genetic mutation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Structural Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the structural adaptations of plants and animals.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Behavioral Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the behavioral adaptations of plants and animals.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Physiological Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the physiological adaptations of plants and animals.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Blubber Me Experiment

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how blubber works as an insulator.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Animal Adaptations Inquiry Task - Introduction

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of animal adaptations through inquiry-based research.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Animal Adaptations Inquiry Task - Researching

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of animal adaptations through inquiry-based research.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Animal Adaptations Inquiry Task - Presenting

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of animal adaptations through inquiry-based research.

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