Build a Beast Animal Adaptations

This lesson can be used at the beginning of the lesson or at the end as a summative assessment. Survival of the fittest should be integrated in this project. Student's creation should demonstrate knowledge of survival of populations and how adaptations help organisms survive. The scenario for this project provides students a creative way to demonstrate knowledge about how adaptations help organisms survive. This lesson can be adapted by having students work in groups of three and one student will design the animal, another student can design the new planet, and the third student can create a plant for the new planet. This site provides assessment criteria for students to follow but I would develop a rubric for assessing projects. Students can design their animal through a computer program as another adaptation.

 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.2
Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts,...
CLE 3210.5.3
Explain how genetic variation in a population and changing environmental conditions are associated with adaptation and the emergence of new species.
GLE 0501.2.1
Continue to develop critical listening skills necessary for comprehension and task completion.
GLE 0501.2.2
Continue to develop strategies for expressing thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively.
GLE 0501.2.4
Participate in teams for work and discussion.
GLE 0501.5.2
Use logic to make inferences and to draw conclusions in a variety of oral and written contexts.
GLE 0601.2.1
Demonstrate critical listening skills essential for comprehension, evaluation, problem solving, and task completion.
GLE 0601.2.2
Begin to differentiate between summarizing and paraphrasing.
GLE 0601.2.6
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
GLE 0601.2.8
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
GLE 0807.5.4
Explain why variation within a population can enhance the chances for group survival.
SPI 0501.2.4
Organize ideas in the most effective order for an oral presentation.
SPI 0501.7.2
Determine the main idea in a visual image.
SPI 0601.2.4
Select the most appropriate behaviors for participating productively in a team (e.g., contribute appropriate and useful information and ideas, understand the...
SPI 0601.2.5
Identify the functions and responsibilities of individual roles within an organized group (i.e., reporter, recorder, information gatherer, leader, timekeeper).
TSS.ELA.5.SL.CC.1
Prepare for collaborative discussions on 5th grade level topics and texts; engage effectively with varied partners, building on others' ideas and...
TSS.ELA.5.SL.CC.2
Summarize a text presented in diverse media such as visual, quantitative, and oral formats.
TSS.ELA.5.SL.PKI.4
Report on a topic or text, or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main...
TSS.ELA.6.SL.CC.1
Prepare for collaborative discussions on 6th grade level topics and texts; engage effectively with varied partners, building on others' ideas and...
 
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Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

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