• 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

    Discovery Education

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    Discovery has a section devoted to animals.

    It contains K-5 Lesson Starters and videos on a variety of animals including: Animal behaviors of a fox, chicken, owl, badger and more. It also investigates why rams have horns, elephant survival strategies, why zebras have stripes and more.

    SUMMARY: “Investigate the vast world of the animal kingdom. The animal kingdom includes amphibians, birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles. Each classification of animal has specific characteristics. Animals must adapt to their environment and compete for resources to survive.”


    Animal Adaptations

    Running TIme: 24:00



    SUMMARY: “Welcome to Camp Wilderness! Join Counselor Tom and the campers of Team Five as they travel through the animal kingdom and learn about the adaptations animals have make in order to live and prosper. Covers both the physical and behavioral adaptations of animals in regard to getting food, water, oxygen, protection from predators, shelter, and reproduction. Students will learn just how important adaptation is in the survival of all animal species.”


    DIscovery Education. (n. d.). Animals around us: Animal adaptations: What are they.

    Retrieved August 27, 2015 from



    Running Time: 14 minutes

    Summary: “Explore fascinating examples of how animals have adapted to their environments. From pronghorns to frogs and bison to fish, this program explains the role of physical and behavioral adaptations in the survival of animals.”


    Discovery Education. (n.d.). Elements of biology biomes: The adaptations of organisms.  

    Retrieved August 27, 2015 from



    Running Time: 56 minutes.

    Summary: “Biomes are zones created by physical geographic and climatic conditions in different areas of the earth. Organisms thrive or perish within biomes depending on their ability to adapt. This program will describe the major world biomes and explain how some organisms adapt to the environment within the biomes. Mention will be made of how humans have changed the ecosystem in some biomes.”