Life Science

S4L2. Students will identify factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms such as adaptation, variation of behaviors (hibernation), and external features (camouflage and protection).
a. Identify external features of organisms that allow them to survive or reproduce better than organisms that do not have these features (for example: camouflage, use of hibernation, protection, etc.).
b. Identify factors that may have led to the extinction of some organisms.

Hands-on Investigations

Camouflage (S4L2 a) Students will investigate how camouflage helps animals survive by creating and placing an organism in the room for others to try to find.


Zip Code Zoo: type in your zip code (and name) and this site provides you with lots of information about the area you live in. It provides information about plants and animals that have declining populations and those that are threatened or endangered. The information provided in the links is pretty in depth and often has no images. However, it’s easy to find information about size, habitat, and diet. (S4L2)

Structural and Behavior Adaptations – includes a quiz and a really good explanation of how structural behaviors occur over generations. (S4L2a)

How Animals Meet Their Needs – short interactive game in which students decide how certain adaptations help animals eat their needs (S4L2a)

Animals, Adaptations, and the Galapagos – students make choices about adaptations based on different environments (S4L2a)

Animal Adaptation Quiz – online quiz (S4L2a)

Interactive Animal Adaptation Game (S4L2a)

Project Noah - Used to explore and document wildlife throughout the world. Images are tagged with information about the organism, to include habitat. When you click on an image, it takes you to a page with the image, a description, a suggested ID section, a comments section, the photographer's name and location, and a Google map showing the location. There is a map section that allows you to see all of the tags in a given location, so students could click on a tag in the Chattahoochee National Forest and get information about an organism living there. (S4L2a)

ARKive Images of Life on Earth – Excellent K-12 resources out of New Zealand with PowerPoint presentations, activities and handouts, teacher guides, and more. ARKive’s free teaching resources cover a range of key science and biology subjects including: adaptation, endangered species, food chains, Darwin and natural selection, classification, identification, conservation and biodiversity. The images are stunning and are sure to engage students. (S4L2a,b)