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
- be creative
Time required: 40 minutes
Curriculum connections: Science, English, Visual Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking
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.
- Year 3: ACSSU044, ACSIS060
- Year 4: ACSSU072, ACSSU073, ACSIS071
- Year 5: ACSSU043, ACSIS086, ACSIS093
- Year 6: ACSSU094, ACSSU096, ACSIS110
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
Animal adaptations and climate change
- Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
- White paper
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