Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.
Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.
• review food chains (e.g., sun grass rabbit fox).
• review the classification of consumers as herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores.
• distinguish between physical and behavioral adaptations displayed by animals and plants.
• explain how adaptations displayed by plants and animals enable them to survive in different environments.
o physical characteristics (e.g., body/stem covering, body fat, leaf shape, body shape, teeth, claws, acute eyesight/hearing).
o behaviors (e.g., dormancy, root growth, color change, climb, hide)
o life cycles variations (e.g., complete and incomplete metamorphosis, seasonal dormancy, a seed’s germination following extreme environmental conditions)
• identify ways an environment changes (e.g., disease, fire, drought, pollution, human intervention, climate, increased predators, increased competition for food).
• describe structures and behaviors that plants and animals use in a changing environment.
• explain that physical and behavioral adaptations of plants and animals are used in changing environments to enable some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.