• Animal Adaptations 


    Media Center Resources

    Ganeri, A. (2008). Africa’s most amazing animals. Chicago, IL: Raintree.

    Call# 591; AR 5.3; Lexile ~825

    Summary: “Profiles ten animals that have adapted to the unique climate and environment of Africa, with information on each animal's habitat, adaptations, behavior, and distribution.”

    **We have all 7 continents in this series as well as ocean and polar animals.


    Stockland, P. M. (2005). Sand, leaf, or coral reef: A book about animal habitats.

    Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books.

    Call# 591; AR 3.8; Lexile~650

    Summary: “Briefly discusses the adaptations animals have made to live in various environments.”


    Internet Resources

    Interactive Sites for Education

    This site contains a lot of wonderful interactive “game” for Promethean Board use or individual student use.



    GALILEO Resources


    Adaptation. (2014). Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, 1p. 1.


    Summary: Adaptation, in biology, accommodation of a living organism to its environment. Two common forms of adaptation exist. Physiological adaptation involves the rapid acclimatization of an individual organism to a sudden change in environment; for example, a mammal sweats on a hot day to regulate its body temperature. Evolutionary adaptation, the focus of this article, occurs during the slow course of evolution and is inherited by successive generations.



    Georges, J., & Irons-Georges, T. (1999). Adaptations. Rourke's World Of Science

    Encyclopedia, 249.

    Summary: Adaptation is very essential for animals for survival. Many animals have defense mechanisms that protect them from predators. Porcupines have sharp spines called quills. Some animals protect themselves through camouflage. They hide themselves with colors that match the world around them. Some animals need other animals in order to survive. This is called symbiosis. Ants and aphids live together in a symbiotic relationship. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)



    Habitat. (2015). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from


    Lexile 980


    Habitat. (2015). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from


    Lexile 1280