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Animals of Acadia - Maine Learning Results

Acadia National Park Education District
Animals of Acadia
Grade 4


  • To introduce students to the role of ANP in protecting animals and preserving their natural habitat
  • To help students understand the ecology of beavers and peregrine falcons
  • To explain and encourage conservation efforts


Students will be able to:

  • Identify the four elements of habitat.
  • Name two reasons why species become endangered.
  • Identify three adaptations of the beaver and two adaptations of the peregrine falcon.
  • Name three of the four habitat requirements for both the beaver and peregrine falcon.
  • Be able to define habitat, adaptation, endangered, extinct.


Science and Technology
A. Classifying Life Forms
Students will understand that there are similarities within the diversity of all living things.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the different living things within a given habitat (A-3)
  • Compare and contrast the life cycles, behavior, and structure of different organisms (A-4).

B. Ecology
Students will understand how living things depend on one another and on non-living aspects of the environment.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe a food web and the relationships within a given ecosystem (B-1).
  • Investigate the connection between major living and nonliving components of a local ecosystem (B-4).

D. Continuity and Change
Students will understand that there are similarities within the diversity of living things.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain how adaptations, in response to change over time, may increase a species' chances of survival (D-3).

K. Scientific Reasoning
Students will learn to formulate and justify ideas and to make informed decisions.

Students will be able to:

  • Give alternative explanations for observed phenomena (K-1).
  • Draw conclusions about observations (K-3).
  • Practice and apply simple logic, intuitive thinking, and brainstorming (K-6).

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.