Adaptation Exploration

Hi Happy Hollow Fourth Graders,

During your animal adaptation rotation, you will adapt to live in an imaginary land.  First, you must understand a few facts about adaptation.

Animals adapt for one reason: SURVIVAL.  Physical adaptation is changes to an animal's physical features to help an animal survive.  These adaptations happen slowly over millions of years.  Every aspect of an animal's body is an adaptation for survival.

Behavioral adaptation includes both learned and instinctual behaviors that help animals survive.

Environmental adaptation is when an animal adapts to survive in an environment or that animal adapts the environment for survival.

Your adaptation project can be as big or small as you want it to be.  You can work only in class, or work in class and at home.  You can work alone or with classmates.  Use your research skills, imagination and creativity to complete a wonderful project.  Follow the project directions below:

Follow the directions below to complete this project and learn about animal adaptation. 

  1. Ask "What is adaptation?" Brainstorm answers.
  2. Watch adaptation film (see link in upper left hand corner), students list camel adaptations as they watch the video.
  3. Then ask, "What do you know know about adaptation?"
  4. We will create adaptation characters. Model logging on, going to Happy Hollow website, clicking "Adaptations," then clicking "website."
  5. Create a creature using this website:
  6. Click "print" when done, then print to black/white printer.
  7. Screen shot (shift, command, 4) your your adapted creature.  
  8. Open up a Google doc.  Import or drag your screen shots into your google doc. Name the Google doc ____'s Wild Self
  9. Write your "wild self" adaptation story using the notes fromm the printout, the writing templates and your imagination. (use the note sheet and templates on the menu bar as a guide.)
  10. Share your google doc with the teacher (
  11. Once your story is edited, choose from the following options:
    1. Open Quick Time and find a quiet corner. Make a screen recording of your story. Listen to it and retape if necessary, show the teacher when done.
    2. Write about your creature's habitat. Create a habitat on KidPix. Export or screen shot your habitat creation and place it on your Google doc.
    3. Write about your creature's behavioral adaptations (use template).
    4. Create another animal and follow the steps above.
    5. Learn more about animal adaptation by choosing an activity from the list below.
There are many ways that you can learn more about animal adaptation:
  • Check out books in the library.
  • Borrow books from Ms. Devlin's collection.
  • View the Animal Adaptation slide show.
  • Watch videos about animal adaptation--you can access great videos for free via Discovery Education.
  • Use KidPix to make a habitat for your "wild self." Screen shot your habitat and import it to your Google doc. 
Best of luck with this exploration. Please email me anytime with questions you have about the project at  I look forward to learning all about your adapted selves and your imaginary worlds.