Use it or Lose it!

Theme: Change is part of our world.
Topic: Animal Adaptations.
Unit Designers: Eugene M., Denice C., Leslie P.

Unit Summary:
• A publisher is looking to you to generate an illustration of a unique animal from and write an informative narrative about how this animal survives within a particular environment. Keep in mind, your story is being published for children and the publisher wants the children to not only enjoy your story, but to also learn about how animals adapt to particular environments. This informational narrative needs to be both entertaining and incorporate true pieces of information about the head, legs, tail, and any other characteristic you would like to incorporate that would enable your animal to survive.

Your Task:
• Go to and create your own unique animal. This animal’s head, legs, and tail must be from different animals and each characteristic must enable your animal to survive in its environment. Use the resources (books and websites) we have discussed in class on how animals adapt to environments to assist you in supporting how your new animal will survive. Additional information may be researched depending on the characteristics and features you chose for your animal.
• Then, write an informational narrative about this animal’s adventures within a particular environment. The adventures must relate to how this animal uses its unique characteristics to survive in the following ways: obtaining food, defending itself from predators, building homes (providing shelter), withstanding the climate of its biome, and attracting mates. The use of each characteristic (head, feet, and tail) must be supported with evidence proving that the actions you have these characteristics taking on are actually factual and do happen in real life.
• Within your informational narrative you also need to incorporate how a real natural phenomena or human activity causes changes to your animal’s habitat and how your animal adapts to this and reproduces. Some examples of real life changes that you may incorporate are: invasive species, food source threatened or delayed, migratory pathways blocked, habitat loss, pollution.

Enduring Understanding:
• All living and non-living things experience change and continuity

Essential Questions:
• What enables organisms to survive?
• How does where organisms live affect how they live?
• What are the consequences to the environment of our behavior?
• How does form impact function?
• How does the author’s perspective impact the views of the reader?
• How does different representation of numbers provide meaning?

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