Grade: 4
Subject: Science
Students will learn about animal adaptions through Dinosaurs. They will then apply adaptions they've learned to animals they still find today. ( for example, something that has sharp teeth, is probably a meat eater- such as a T-rex or a Lion.)

Expected Outcome Of This Lesson Plan-
1.Know about adaptions
2.Analyze survival skills
Teacher Objectives-
1.LWBAT Identify different types of adaptions in both ancient extinct animals and current living animals
2.Identify what each adaption was probably used for, or is used for
3.Analyze the similarities and differences between ancient animal adaptions (such as Dinosaurs) and animals that are still living today.
If available:
Teeth ( as forms of adaptions)

Note- If fossils and teeth are not available pictures or a powerpoint slide show may be used in place of the actual fossils.
Teaching Methods-

1. Lesson Introduction-

1.What are some things that come to mind when you think of a dinosaur? ( answers looking for- Big teeth, large, scales, long tails, long necks, big feet, etc)
2.What are some things that you think of when you think of a Human or another animal on earth today? ( eyes, nose, fur, hair etc- make lists on the board)
3. All of these Characteristics are things called Adaptions- explain definition of adaptions, what they are and how they help us live on earth.

2. Lesson Progression-

1.What kind of adaption is this? what did it do?
2. Was it from a Prehistoric animal or a current animal?
3.If it was from a prehistoric animal, is there a current animal that uses a similar adaption today? what is it, and how do they use it?

3. Guided Practice-

1.Powerpoint with fossils/ Animals
2. What kind of adaption is this and why?

4. Student Practice-

1.Worksheet with pictures of more adaptions- start independently, then break into groups
2.Asking and answering questions from development section

5. Learner Accommodations-


6. Assessment-

1.Matching game- Match the current adaption to the prehistoric one
2.Make your own "Name-A-Saur-Us" Create a dinosaur with whatever adaptions you think it would need to survive in prehistoric times!

7. Lesson Closure-

1. Different adaptions do different things
2. However, even dinosaurs had similar adaptions to animals on earth today!
Measuring Student Progress-
1. Rubric will be used to evaluate "Name-A-Saur-Us" project.

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