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Amazing Animals & Adaptations

Are your students intrigued by studying animals? I have some resources that will save you so much time! Take a look!

My third graders always loved the animal stories in the basal reader the best. (Yes, we had basal readers and this was in 2013!) One of our favorite stories was about an eccentric old man that visited areas of the woodlands, swamps, bogs, and grasslands. His story was fiction with factual information abut the animals sprinkled into the story. Perfect! Read, add some science and research, create animal booklets, and build animal models.

Fast forward to the STEM Lab! How can I still create excitement about amazing animals and follow our special STEM classroom? Well, I have a treat for you! So many of my ideas are now reality and these resources are already made for you!

Animals and Adaptations- resources for busy teachers including escape room, STEM, posters, worksheets, task cards, and reading passages. Check this post!

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On the Agenda today…

These are the topics we will cover today! Are you ready for Amazing Animal Resources?

  • Animal Adaptations Escape Room
  • Reading Comprehension worksheets
  • Worksheets (graphic organizers) and posters
  • Boom Nonfiction Reading Cards
  • Animal Adaptations STEM Challenge
  • Adaptations Scavenger Hunt
  • Rainforest Task Cards and Boom Cards

Let’s Start with Escape Rooms

I have several animal escapes including Animal Adaptations!

This is a traditional escape room with boxes and real locks. Students complete three tasks and escape. Each task gives the students a number clue which will open a box and inside the box they find their next task. The last box reveals the STEM Challenge they will complete.

This Animal Escape includes matching vocabulary and images to the types of adaptations, math problems, and secret code. The STEM Challenge is to build a model of an animal showing its adaptation. (More about this below!)

There is some prep involved with this type of escape, but here is a tip— Print and laminate all the parts for the escape and then save these pieces in a large zippered bag or envelope.

Bam! You are ready to use the escape in the future with everything already prepped!

Amazing Animals STEM Challenge

I have the perfect STEM Challenge for amazing animals! It’s an Animal Adaptation challenge.

Students build a three-dimensional model of an animal and the model must share the adaptation of the animal.

There are two ways you can do this. You can have students research animals and find an animal they can build or you can have students invent an animal and its adaptation. The latter choice is much more challenging.

In this STEM Challenge, I find that most teams choose the more obvious animals- the penguin, jungle cats, or animals with tusks. Overall, it’s a great assessment for their understanding of what an adaptation is.

This challenge is included with the Animal Adaptations Escape Room and can be purchased separately. I found some great pipe cleaners one year that looked like animal fur and we loved using those. Also, I put out my large bag of feathers and kids love those, too! Those are optional materials- we also build these models just using construction paper, craft foam pieces, and cardboard tubes!

I have the perfect book for you to use as you introduce this challenge! It’s called What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? I have it linked for at the end of this post! The book shows images of the body parts of different animals and then reveals which animals are pictured. It includes details about what the body parts are for. Perfect for adaptations!

Animal Adaptations Scavenger Hunt

Animal Adaptation Scavenger Hunt- students read 10 short reading passages and race to find a CODE WORD contained within each card. Each card has a questions but the answer is on a different card! The final puzzle is to find a Mystery Word for the entire event. Perfect for upper elementary.
Animal Adaptation Scavenger Hunt- students read 10 short reading passages and race to find a CODE WORD contained within each card. Each card has a questions but the answer is on a different card! The final puzzle is to find a Mystery Word for the entire event. Perfect for upper elementary.

If you are looking for a perfect way to engage your students (and keep them reading) here it is! This Nonfiction Reading Scavenger Hunt will get your students up and moving while they read short passages and search for specific words. Your students will love the reading selections about Animal Adaptations.

Here is how it works: This low-prep activity has reading passages, questions, code words, and an exciting search for answers to determine a Final Mystery Word!

  • Students read and search with 10 short passages on reading cards.
  • Each card contains a CODE WORD question. The answer to the question will be found on a different card.
  • This creates a trail of questions and answers that will ultimately lead students to find the Scavenger Hunt Mystery Word.

It’s highly engaging and requires a minimum of prep from you! Make some copies and display the reading passages. Then watch your students race to find the code words and complete the scavenger hunt!

Task Cards

You are going to love this set! It combines nonfiction reading and task cards!

This set of Amazon Task Cards features four pages of magazine-styled reading selections. The nonfiction text features are marked and students use the task cards to respond to text features and content questions.

The magazine pages and photos are in brilliant color or you can opt to use the black/white versions of the set!

You will have to print and laminate, and cut apart the task cards, but it’s a set you can use over and over after that initial prep time!

Amazing Animals Boom Cards

If you prefer a digital set of task cards I have you covered. Look at how gorgeous these sets are!

This set of Boom Cards features 68 cards all about the Amazon Rainforest. Students will answer questions to identify text features or their purpose and respond to basic comprehension questions. These digital self-checking Boom Cards are such a great way for students to enjoy learning more about the rainforest, its animals, and its plants.
This set of Boom Cards features 36 cards to practice vocabulary and identification of animal adaptations. These digital self-checking Boom Cards are such a great way for students to practice their knowledge of animal adaptations.

Amazon Boom Cards

You may notice that this set looks exactly like the one above! Yes, it does! It is virtually the same set, but all the reading passages and task cards are displayed on slides in the Boom format.

Each slide includes one of the reading passages and one question. There may be some questions in the Boom set that are not in the printable set! So fun! Self-checking and in brilliant color with no printing for you!

Animal Adaptations Boom Cards

This set features adaptations of animals. Students choose the kind of adaptation or choose the correct vocabulary word for the description.

The set is decorated with photos of animals, but no printing for you!

This set features multiple choice questions or drag and drop questions.

Reading Worksheets

I have two different ideas for you that can help with your science and reading cross-curricular planning.

This is a Bundle of 4 Quick Read sets with Animal topics!

The bundle includes:

  • Endangered Animals
  • Animal Defenses
  • Bioluminescence
  • Domestic Animals

Each set has four passages with informational text. A fifth reading page has paired text- either an informational passage paired with fiction or two informational passages.

And there is two-page quiz is included.

Animal Adaptation, Print and Read

Just choose the page you want, print it, and students are ready to go! There are four reading selections and a magazine page with three graphic organizers!

  • Selection 1- How Do They Survive?
  • Selection 2- Can You See Me?
  • Selection 3 – Do Animals Learn?
  • Selection 4 – How Can We Protect Them?
  • Newspaper Page- 3 articles with separate question page and 2 graphic organizers

Animal Posters and Worksheets

Posters and worksheets about adaptations or the different kinds of adaptations. You will also find written work for your students.

  • Graphic Organizer with space to write about each category and create lists.
  • Graphic Organizer for students to draw and write about three animals.
  • Vocabulary Matching sheet.
  • 2-page quiz based on the poster information.
  • Word search puzzle featuring adaptation vocabulary.

Total fun and it works perfectly with any of the other resources.

I know you have found some amazing animals things your students will love! Add these to your science or reading studies or even in the STEM Lab. Some of these resources are perfect in the lab on days you must have a substitute!

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