Activity Introduction

Over hundreds of years, animals have adapted and evolved to become perfectly suited to the environments they live in. Of course, they don’t have access to the technology that you have. Are you clever and creative enough to design a brand new animal with adaptations and evolutions that make it even better at surviving in a future world affected by climate change?

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate
  • be creative 

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: Science, English, Visual Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

Remind your kids that there is no wrong way to do art. All of their ideas and approaches are allowed here, so long as they’re helpful to the animal’s survival.

Ask your kids questions about their own real-life solutions to some of the problems presented by climate change, such as how do they keep hot/cold, or how they travel (migrate) long distances. The animals can do the same!

Kids may show interest in exploring wildlife further. There are some great documentaries on Netflix, Disney+ or YouTube. Consider connecting in with your local zoo, wildlife park or park ranger to deepen their understanding of animals. Different dog and cat breeds are a great place to start when exploring why animals have developed in certain ways, as they are often bred for purpose.

You may like to use this activity as a gateway to speak to older kids about how they differ from their peers, and to embrace those differences for their uniqueness and helpfulness.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Animal adaptations and climate change

Resources Required

  • Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
  • White paper

 

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Animal Adaptations - Activity Instructions

Over hundreds of years, animals have adapted and evolved to become perfectly suited to the environments they live in. Of course, they don’t have access to the technology that you have. Are you clever and creative enough to design a brand new animal with adaptations and evolutions that make it even better at surviving in a future world affected by climate change?

Step 1. Think about your favourite wild animal. What adaptations have they evolved or learned to help them live in their particular environment? For example, seals have lots of blubber to keep them warm in cold water, and fins and tails to help them swim. Owls have big eyes to help them hunt at night. Lions are carnivores and have sharp teeth to tear up their prey, unlike herbivores (like zebras) which have flat teeth for grinding up plants.

Step 2. Think about how our planet is changing due to climate change. The temperature of the earth is getting hotter and the sea levels are ris

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