This week, students will use their knowledge about animal adaptations to create an 'undiscovered' animal. They will decide what their animal looks like, where it lives, what it preys on, what preys on it, and what adaptations it uses to help it survive. Once students have completed a graphic organizer to get their ideas organized, they will draw the animal camouflaged in its habitat and write up a description of the animal.
This week we are looking at the way that animals adapt to survive in various environments. We will look at predators and prey and how certain adaptations help predators hunt, while others prevent prey from being hunted. We will spend a lot of time looking at the camouflage various animals use based on their different environments.
A great example of this is the chameleon, who uses his chromatophores to mimic the color of his surroundings. The link below shows a video we use in class to display the chameleon's ability to change color.
This week students are looking at how ecosystems work and how energy moves through the various living things in a given ecosystem. They will look at individual food chains and then combine these chains to form more complex food webs. Students will also look at the different components of their food webs and chains and classify these as producers, consumers, and decomposers.
They will then go a step further and classify the consumers in their chains as herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.
Here is an example of a simple food chain:
We are wrapping up our unit of forces, motion, and energy at the beginning of this week. We will spend Tuesday reviewing, and take a test over the information we have been studying on Wednesday. You can find the review sheet glued into your child's science notebook, or in the previous week's post!
After the test, we will begin looking at the organisms on the Earth and how they work together to move energy throughout the Earth. We will start by looking at producers and consumers and identifying them as herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores. We will then arrange these organisms into food chains and eventually create food webs.