Students will be able to define adaptation and give 10 specific examples of adaptations for food-getting behavior and how they enhance the animals' ability to survive.
Students will watch a five-minute video on bear-feeding behavior and make observations in writing concerning the adaptations involved with their feeding. Teacher will draw specific attention to the prehensile lips.
Students will work in groups or pairs and identify ten specific feeding
adaptations in other animals.
Groups will present their lists to the class making a larger class list of adaptations.
End the lesson with a video of other animals and their specific adaptations.
Adaptations allow an organism an "edge" in the game of survival. When one animal can compete for resources more efficiently than another, the more suitably-adapted individual will survive in greater numbers than his less well-adapted counterpart. This, in turn, will also allow the more adapted individual to reproduce more.
Soon, the population that is more adapted becomes the more predominant organism in the entire population. This is differential reproduction and is the basis for Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.
Class will create a composite list of adaptations for further reference. This list could be used as a basis for a quiz at some future time.