OBJECTIVES COVERED (pupils will learn ..)
SUGGESTED MAIN ACTIVITIES:
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How the features of animals and plants have adapted to their environments over millions of years by the process of Natural Selection
What variation is and why it is so important to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
Work through the powerpoint for this lesson.
GENERAL TEACHING TIP FOR THIS LESSON: using the phrase “nature selects/selected” when referring to successful life forms consolidates the process of natural selection, e.g. “nature selected the white furred animal because it was more successful at survival in the snow than the brown furred animal.”
1. ANIMAL ADAPTATION PICTURE ACTIVITY: print out, laminate and use the “lesson 5 animal adaptation pictures pack.pdf” in a group as follows (differentiated):
LOW ABILITY: match the adaptation labels with the correct animal (there are some crossovers)
MED ABILITY: use the harder labels where pupils complete the descriptions by themselves
HIGH ABILITY: as above but also write as many of their own labels as possible
2. RESEARCH PLANT ADAPTATIONS: ask pupils to research the ways in which plants have adapted to suit their environment e.g. leaves designed to gather water, venus fly traps, moss which absorbs moisture.
3. DESIGN A NEW ANIMAL OR PLANT: ask pupils to work in small groups or pairs to design an animal or plant to survive in particular conditions. They could do a drawing, a description and a list of its adaptations.
Feedback the work from the lesson at front of class to assess learning.
LESSON NO and TITLE:
5 of 6: The adaptation of animals and plants