(PLT K-8: 5th Grade: Science) Standard 5: Students will understand that traits are passed from the parent organisms to their offspring, and that sometimes the offspring may possess variations of these traits that may help or hinder survival in a given env

Objective 2: Describe how some characteristics could give a species a survival advantage in a particular environment.

  • Activity 11: Can It Be Real?

Indicator c: Describe how a particular physical attribute may provide an advantage for survival in one environment but not in another (e.g., heavy fur in arctic climates keep animals warm whereas in hot desert climates it would cause overheating; flippers on such animals as sea lions and seals provide excellent swimming structures in the water but become clumsy and awkward on land; cacti retain the right amount of water in arid regions but would develop root rot in a more temperate region; fish gills have the ability to absorb oxygen in water but not on land).

  • Activity 7: Habitat Pen Pals

  • Activity 10: Charting Diversity (indirect)

  • Activity 25: Can it Be Real

Indicator d: Research a specific plant or animal and report how specific physical attributes provide an advantage for survival in a specific environment.

  • Activity 10: Charting Diversity (indirect)

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