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Adaptations Activity 1: Adapting to the Environment (Grades 2-5)
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After learning about and exploring plant and animal adaptations, students research local organisms with interesting adaptations and share findings with their classmates. Students identify adaptations globally by analyzing a documentary.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_Adaptations_LessonOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:
Adaptations Activity 1: Adapting to the Environment
Adaptations Activity 2: Physical Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 3: Behavioral Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 4: Go Adapt!
Adaptations Activity 5: Create a Creature

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Adaptations Activity 2: Physical Adaptations (Grades 2-5)
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Students explore the adaptations that allow beavers to thrive in aquatic environments, then make observations and inferences about the functions of diverse bird beaks.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Adaptations Activity 3: Behavioral Adaptations (Grades 2-5)
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Students discuss the migration of monarch butterflies as an example of behavioral adaptations, then act out the behavioral adaptations of organisms in charades.

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03/12/2020
Adaptations Activity 4: Go Adapt! (Grades 2-5)
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Students synthesize their understanding of adaptations by playing a “go fish” style game to collect sets of organisms with physical and behavioral adaptations.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_Adaptations_LessonOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:

Adaptations Activity 1: Adapting to the Environment
Adaptations Activity 2: Physical Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 3: Behavioral Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 4: Go Adapt!
Adaptations Activity 5: Create a Creature

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Adaptations Activity 5: Create a Creature (Grades 2-5)
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Students apply their understanding of adaptations by designing their own organisms to survive in different habitats.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_Adaptations_LessonOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:

Adaptations Activity 1: Adapting to the Environment
Adaptations Activity 2: Physical Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 3: Behavioral Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 4: Go Adapt!
Adaptations Activity 5: Create a Creature

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classification Activity 1: What is Classification? (Grades 2-5)
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Students explore the importance and process of classification. Students apply the concept of biological classification to a real hierarchy of birds, analyzing bird photos and organizing them into groups based on physical characteristics.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classification Activity 2: Animal Classification (Grades 2-5)
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Students use EOL Species Cards to sort and make observations of animals, then use the RAFT writing strategy to create short presentations about the characteristics of each major group of animals.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classification Activity 3: Plant Classification (Grades 2-5)
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After learning about and observing the differences between flowering and nonflowering plants, students go outside and search for plants in schoolyard, keeping notes and drawings of their observations.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classification Activity 4: That's Classified! (Grades 2-5)
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Students apply their understanding of physical characteristics and biological classification of different organisms through a game of classification "Go Fish!"

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Energy Flow Activity 1: Predators and Prey (Grades 2-5)
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After making observations and inferences about predator-prey relationships in their schoolyard, students work together to build food chains of the organisms they observe.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Energy Flow Activity 2: Producers, Consumers, Decomposers (Grades 2-5)
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Students become “experts” and make creative presentations about the different ecological roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers at local and global scales.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Energy Flow Activity 4: Food Chains Rummy (Grades 9-12)
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Students synthesize their understanding of energy flow and trophic relationships through “Food Chains Rummy,” a modified version of the classic card game using Species Cards.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Food Webs Activity: Producers, Consumers, Decomposers (Grades 6-8)
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Students become “experts” and make creative presentations about the different ecological roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers at local and global scales.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
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Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Interdependence Activity 1: Food Chains and Webs (Grades 9-12)
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Students practice building food chains and webs, explore interrelationships in the EOL Food Webs Tool, then model the flow of energy in food webs.

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Interdependence Activity 2 : Food Web Systems (Grades 9-12)
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Students model how a complex system operates and how some parts of a complex system have more leverage or influence on the rest of the system. Students relate this to the interconnectedness of food webs.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Skillbuilder 1: Meet a Creature (Grades 2-5)
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Students practice making observations, describing physical characteristics of organisms, and interpreting information. In pairs, students sit back to back; one student describes a creature and the other draws based on the partner’s description.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_ScienceSkills_BioblitzSkillbuilderOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 1: Meet a Creature
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 2: ID That Bird!
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 3: How Diverse is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 4: Modeling Classification
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 5: ID Using a Dichotomous Key

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Skillbuilder 2: ID That Bird! (Grades 2-5)
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Students observe cutouts of birds around the classroom, sketch and describe field markings, and use field guides to make identifications.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_ScienceSkills_BioblitzSkillbuilderOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 1: Meet a Creature
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 2: ID That Bird!
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 3: How Diverse is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 4: Modeling Classification
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 5: ID Using a Dichotomous Key

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Skillbuilder 3: How Diverse is Biodiversity? (Grades 2-5)
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Students explore biodiversity statistics by hypothesizing the number of animal species and comparing to scientific estimates.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_ScienceSkills_BioblitzSkillbuilderOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 1: Meet a Creature
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 2: ID That Bird!
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 3: How Diverse is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 4: Modeling Classification
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 5: ID Using a Dichotomous Key

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Skillbuilder 4: Modeling Classification (Grades 2-5)
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Students classify themselves into different groups based on observable characteristics of clothing and accessories, then apply to biological classification systems.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_ScienceSkills_BioblitzSkillbuilderOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 1: Meet a Creature
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 2: ID That Bird!
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 3: How Diverse is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 4: Modeling Classification
Biodiversity Skillbuilder 5: ID Using a Dichotomous Key

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020