Discuss with students the meaning of the biological term adaptation. (Adaptation: Tendency of an organism to suit its environment. Those organisms best adapted to their environment will have a greater chance of surviving and passing their genes on to the next generation.)
- Ask students to identify some animals they may have studied that have particular adaptations, such as camouflage, sharp teeth or eyes that can see in the dark.
- What adaptations do humans have, if any?
- How do these adaptations help the animals, including humans, survive in their preferred habitats? Explain.
Answers: Answers will vary depending upon students’ experiences and understanding.