4th Grade Science

Essential Science Standards: Unpacked Content


Animal Adaptations

4.L.1 Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

Top Ten Animal Adaptations Article


Bird Adaptation Experiment


Animal Research-gives information about animals in various ecosystems, including information about adaptations


Animal facts related to categories of adaptations: climate, oxygen, food, water, and shelter/protection


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4.L.1.1 Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.

Climate Change on Ecosystems Article


Lesson for Researching and Discussing Specific Features and Behaviors that are Adaptations to its Environment


4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.
4.L.1.3 Explain how humans can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats (e.g., recycling wastes, establishing rain gardens, planting trees and shrubs to prevent flooding and erosion).
4.L.1.4 Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.