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Exploring Nature Science Education Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12

Animal Adaptation Observation and Critical Thinking

Observing animals at the zoo or in a wildlife movie can be fun, but can also be educational. When you observe an animal think about how its physical features help it stay alive, find food and reproduce in its habitat.
For example:

1) How does its feet help it travel over its landscape, grab and tear its prey (or plants), protect it from other animals.

2) How does its body covering (fur, feather, scales, etc.) help it keep warm or cool, protect it from predators, blend in or even attract a mate?

3) How does its mouth (teeth, beak or other mouth parts) help it get food, defend itself, call in warning or to attract a mate?

4) How might its body shape (leg length, neck length, etc) affect its food gathering, predator defense or other survival needs?

Animal Adaptation Inquiry Activity
Animal Adaptation Inquiry Activity

Exploringnature.org has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar