Why Flamingos Are Pink and Hardcore

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 water with high pH levels that keep them safe from predators that don't have the same luxury.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners keep a journal of new vocabulary they encounter while watching the video
  • Create a guided notes document for pupils to complete as they view the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Builds on an understanding of pH levels and alkalinity

  • Includes the option for closed captioning to support note taking
  • Emphasizes key scientific vocabulary throughout

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