Variations and Adaptations

Students determine how climate can affect ecosystems.

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Students discover that variation in plants allows some varieties to survive in near-drought conditions. Next, students learn that different types of rabbits prefer to eat different varieties of plants. Students make the connection between rainfall amount and the rabbit population’s ability to survive by thinking first about rainfall and plants, then about plants and rabbits. Students discover that when certain plants cannot grow and reproduce, the rabbits that eat those plants will not have enough food to survive. (Evolution Readiness Activity 7 of 10.)

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

5. The Living Environment

5A. Diversity of Life
  • 5A/M1. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that one of the most general distinctions among organisms is between plants, which use sunlight to make their own food, and animals, which consume energy-rich foods. Some kinds of organisms, many of them microscopic, cannot be neatly classified as either plants or animals.
  • 5A/M2. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that animals and plants have a great variety of body plans and internal structures that contribute to their being able to make or find food and reproduce.
5D. Interdependence of Life
  • 5D/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that for any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals thrive, some do not live as well, and some do not survive at all.
  • 5D/E4. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that changes in an organism's habitat are sometimes beneficial to it and sometimes harmful.
5E. Flow of Matter and Energy
  • 5E/E2*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that some source of "fuel" is needed for all organisms to stay alive and grow.
5F. Evolution of Life
  • 5F/M2b. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.

9. The Mathematical World

9B. Symbolic Relationships
  • 9B/E2. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that tables and graphs can show how values of one quantity are related to values of another.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 11B/E3** (SFAA). By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that a model of something is similar to, but not exactly like, the thing being modeled. Some models are physically similar to what they are representing, but others are not.
11C. Constancy and Change
  • 11C/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that some features of things may stay the same even when other features change.
  • 11C/E2b. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that often the best way to tell which kinds of change are happening is to make a table or graph of measurements.

12. Habits of Mind

12D. Communication Skills
  • 12D/E3. By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to use numerical data in describing and comparing objects and events.

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<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Variations and Adaptations. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2010, September 25.</a>

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Variations and Adaptations (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 25), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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Variations and Adaptations (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 25), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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Variations and Adaptations. (2010, September 25). Retrieved 2017, June 29, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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This activity requires the Java Runtime Environment version 5 (sometimes referred to as 1.5) or later with Java Webstart. You can download it at java.com.

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Grade Level
Elementary School
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