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24 resources with the concept physical adaptations

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Why Don’t Antarctic Fish Freeze to Death?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Some fish not only survive but thrive in Antarctic waters. Learn their secret in a lesson in an informative video about the freezing point of the salty sea water as well as the antifreeze proteins in the species' circulatory system.
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The Evolution of the Heart (A Love Story)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Not all hearts are the same, but their functions are similar. An instructor discusses the origin of the first organisms with a heart in a video lesson from the PBS Eons series. The lesson includes discussion of the evolution of the...
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The Island of Shrinking Mammoths

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
We've heard about pygmy pigs—why not pygmy mammoths? Fossil evidence proves their existence, but the dilemma is figuring out where they lived. A video describes different theories on their evolution and migration.
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Why Tardigrades Are Some of the Most Hardcore Critters on the Planet

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Small but fierce! The tardigrades are less than a millimeter long but can survive extreme cold, extreme heat, and even being in a vacuum. A video presentation explains the unique protein these organisms use to withstand extreme situations.
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Why Flamingos Are Pink and Hardcore

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
They're not just pretty faces! Flamingos may look delicate, but they have adaptations that allow them to survive in areas most other organisms cannot. A video lesson in a larger ACS Reactions series describes how flamingos survive in...
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When Humans Were Prey

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A quarry worker in southern Africa discovered the first fossil evidence that the human species originated on the continent less than 100 years ago! Evidence from the specimen indicates the first humans were not the hunters—but the prey....
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When Camels Roamed North America

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Camels thrive where other animals can't survive! Interestingly enough, the camel didn't originate in the desert, but rather the rain forest. Part of an extensive PBS Eons playlist, a video presentation follows the migration and...
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When Birds Stopped Flying

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Flight seems like an important adaptive advantage, so why did some birds lose their ability to take to the skies? A video from the PBS Eons series explains the evolutionary paths of different species of birds while emphasizing the...
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Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What happens to a species when members become separated by changes in their environment? Present young biologists with the ultimate example species—the anole lizard. A brief video describes the origins of the multitude of anole species...
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Recent Adaptations in Humans

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
You've probably spent plenty of time discussing animal adaptations with your young biologists, but what about human adaptations? Explore the evolving traits of humankind through an interactive that combines text and video clips. Scholars...
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Sorting Finch Species

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Don't just tell your class about Darwin's finches ... show them! Sort some of science's most famous birds using an interactive lesson. Learners try their hand at classifying finches using song, sonogram, and beak appearance, as well as...
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Evidence for Natural Selection

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What evidence is there for natural selection? Science sleuths examine the facts using an animated Fuse School video as part of the Evolution playlist. Content includes fossil records, physical similarities, and differences in species due...
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Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Watch as pygmy seahorses become one with their environment. The life of a pygmy seahorse begins and ends on a branch of coral. An interesting video lesson explores how camouflage protects this delicate species and how they adapt when...
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Dining Out With Fishes and Birds of the Hudson

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
The class will make observations to determine how environment has shaped the way particular birds and fish eat. They will view a series of photographs, read two short articles, and then consider how food availability has determined how...
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The Theory of Evolution Made Easy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your upper graders will have no problem understanding the Theory of Evolution after watching this comprehensive clip. Multiple examples are used to demonstrate how a species is able to adapt and change over time due to both environmental...
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Evolution - From Ape Man to Neanderthal

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This BBC presentation shows how Neanderthals evolved as a way to adapt and survive the physical stress of Ice Age Europe. While this clip is short, it could be a great discussion starter or warm up to a lecture on human evolution....
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Adapted Physical Education

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Looking for information about how to adapt physical education for learners with special needs? Check out this packet that provides information about general adaptations, as well as appropriate approaches and activities for children with...
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Adaptations – Designs for Survival

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
What's the difference between behavioral adaptations and physical adaptations? Learn about the various ways that organisms adapt to their environment with a worksheet about the creatures of the Hudson River.
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It's For the Birds

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine how anatomical adaptations make it possible for a bird to survive in various habitats. They discuss and list birds and their unique characteristics, and create an imaginary bird, illustrating the environmental...
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Reptile Adaptations

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research animal adaptations. In this adaptations lesson, students research the physical and behavioral adaptations of animals. Students create a diagram of their animal labeling it's adaptations.
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The American Prairie

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design an animal.  In this prairie lesson, students learn about physical and behavioral adaptation, locate the Great Plains on a map, and design an animal that would be perfectly adapted for life on the prairie.  Students...
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How Animals Spend the Winter

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders create an animal out of PlayDoh. They discuss and compare the animals' physical characteristics and whether or not they hibernate. They view video clips of various animals and answer questions about the animals in the...
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Adaptations: Fit For Survival

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students track species using the Journey North project. They examine the meaning of physical and behavioral adaptation, migration, and identify adaptations that help the species they track survive.
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Dinosaur Facts and Coloring Page

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students identify dinosaurs. In this triceratops lesson, students investigate facts and physical adaptations of various dinosaurs on a coloring page.  Students also discover T-Rex and Velociraptor.