Plant and Animal Adaptation Unit Information

3rd Grade Life Science

Plant and Animal Adaptations

Essential questions:
  1. What do living things need to survive?
  2. Why do different kinds living things live in different kinds of habitats?
  3. How does a living thing’s physical structure (body parts) help it survive in its habitat?
  4. How does a living things’s behavior (the way it acts) help it survive in its habitat?

Enduring Understandings: Students will understand...
  1. Understand how living things have specific needs that must be met to survive.
  2. Understand how living things have physical and behavioral adaptations that enable them to survive in their environment.

Essential Skills: Students will be able to...
  1. Collect data accurately using appropriate tools and units
  2. Display data using a bar graph, line plot, or pictograph

Essential Knowledge: Students will know...
  1. A habitat is a specific place where a plant or animal lives because it meets that plant or animal’s needs
  2. Oxygen is a gas in the air that animals need to breathe.
  3. A diet is what an animal eats to survive
  4. An herbivore is an animal that eats plants to survive
  5. A carnivore is an animal that eats other animals to survive
  6. An omnivore is an animal that eats both plants and animals to survive
  7. A predator is an animal that hunts another animal for food
  8. Prey is an animal that gets hunted by other animals
  9. An adaptation is a physical feature or behavior of a living thing that helps it survive in its habitat
  10. A physical adaptation is a part of the organism’s body or structure that helps it meet its needs.
  11. A behavioral adaptation is something an organism does to help it meet its needs.
  12. Camouflage is a physical adaptation that helps animals hide from predators