Grade 4 : Standard 5 - Biodiversity and Change
Conceptual Strand 5
A rich variety of complex organisms have developed in response to a continually changing environment.
Guiding Question 5
How does natural selection explain how organisms have changed over time?
Grade Level Expectations
Checks for Understanding
State Performance Indicators
GLE 0407.5.1 Analyze physical and behavioral adaptations that enable organisms to survive in their environment.
GLE 0407.5.2 Describe how environmental changes caused the extinction of various plant and animal species.
0407.5.1 Classify animals according to their physical adaptations for obtaining food, oxygen, and surviving within a particular environment.
0407.5.2 Describe how animal behaviors such as migration, defense, means of locomotion, and hibernation enable them to survive in an environment.
0407.5.3 Investigate tropisms that plants exhibit in response to changes in their environment.
0407.5.4Gather fossil information to draw conclusions about organisms that exist today.
0407.5.5Analyze the common causes of extinction and explain how human actions sometimes result in the extinction of a species.
SPI 0407.5.1 Determine how a physical or behavioral adaptation can enhance the chances of survival.
SPI 0407.5.2 Infer the possible reasons why a species became endangered or extinct.
Bird Beaks-Bird Feet (Giant Science Resource Book EMC 398)
Game Beak Adaptations http://www.purposegames.com/game/1954/info
Bird Adaptations Pages 5-6 Chart http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/life/honeymoon/files/BirdAdaptations_HISP.pdf
Animals Adaptations http://www.worldofteaching.com/powerpoints/biology/Animal%20Adaptations%20I.ppt
Animal Adaptations for 4th Graders (note - a lot of noise) http://alex.state.al.us/uploads/7373/Animal%20Adaptations4th%20grade.ppt
Sunken Animal Adaptations Game http://teach.fcps.net/trt14/Power%20Point%20Games/SunkenAdaptationsgame.ppt
Thriving, Threatened, Endangered, or Extinct
PowerPointsBrain Pop Extinction http://www.brainpop.com/science/ourfragileenvironment/extinction/
Have students make a poster using the opaque projector. Students must draw pictures of thriving, threatened, endangered, and extinct animals.Have students play online activities while one at a time students draw animals for their charts.
Resources for Making Posters
Endangered Species C O L O R I N G Book "Save Our Species" http://www.epa.gov/espp/coloring/
List of threatened animals http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/SJON-58K8WK?open
List of endangered animals http://www.earthsendangered.com/
Pictures of Endangered Animals http://www.enchantedlearning.com/painting/endangered.shtml
List of extinct animals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_extinct_animals
Pictures of Extinct Animals http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/extinct.shtml
- What Can You Do To Help? (Endangered Animals) http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/static/guides/animals/animals.swf
- Endangered Animals Memory Game http://www.sandiegozoo.org/kids/games/dwes.swf
Man-Made Causes of Extinction