The purpose of this lesson is to start a dialog on the importance of adaptations to a species and individuals survival. In the end students will understand how animals use camouflage for survival. Students will also begin to understand that it is the environment that controls which adaptations will help in survival. Students will be able to define and comfortably use the vocabulary words: adaptation, camouflage, predator, prey, and habitat.
Intro to lesson:
Students will brainstorm in Cornell notes traits organisms need to survive. Have students pair share, or talk in table groups before making a class list of these traits. Steer toward the use of camouflage for prey animals to hide from predators.
Tying up the loose ends:
Have students write a summary in notes on importance of adaptations, and what controlled the change in moth colors in our simulation.
Activity idea from Angela Personeni, Science teacher in Fiddletown, Ca.