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Describe how animal behaviors such as migration, defense, means of locomotion, and hibernation enable them to survive in an environment 0407.5.2


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  1. Adaptations: Fit For Survival - Students explore the meaning of physical and behavioral adaptation, consider how migration fits in, and identify adaptations that help the Journey North species they track survive. A lesson plan can be found at this site
  2. Animal Adaptations - teacher guide. self-directed tour grades three through five A lesson plan can be found at this site An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  3. A PowerPoint show related to this standardAnimal Adaptations - [95 slides] this show includes many great images, as well as some humor
  4. Animal Adaptations for Winter - a five-page teacher resource guide An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format A lesson plan can be found at this site
  5. Annual Polar Bear Migration - how it works and how climate change could be impacting it
  6. Bat Hibernation and Migration - information from the U S Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Program [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
  7. Bears: Hibernation - How would you survive the long, cold winter without food? Bears do it in a very cool way - hibernation.
  8. Biological Traits Help Animals Survive In Winter - several traits and adaptations are described
  9. Chilling Out, Warming Up: How Animals Survive Temperature Extremes - how chemistry helps
  10. Churchill's Polar Bear Migration - Although Churchill’s polar bear migration is part of an age-old pattern, climate change has caused Hudson Bay to melt earlier each summer and to freeze later
  11. Defense Mechanisms - Some adaptations are defense mechanisms which can give the prey an advantage against enemies
  12. Eight Ways That Animals Survive The Winter - methods for keeping warm and surviving winter used by the animal world
  13. Hibernation, Migration and Adaptation - Animals do many different, amazing things to get through the winter. Some of them may hibernate, some adapt and others may migrate
  14. Hibernating Animals Printouts - large number of pages to print from Enchanted Learning This link includes something for the teacher to print
  15. How and Why Animals Migrate - migration is a behavioral adaptation that helps animals survive
  16. How Animal Migration Works - from the animal section of How Stuff Works
  17. How Do Animals Spend the Winter? - migration, hibernation and more from Science Made Simple
  18. How Hibernation Works - from the animal section of How Stuff Works
  19. Melting Sea Ice Keeps Hungry Polar Bears on Land - Polar bears, the iconic victims of climate change, are shifting their migration patterns because of changes in sea ice.
  20. Polar Bears - habitat and distribution information from Sea World
  21. Polar Bears Migrate North As Rising Temperatures Hasten Arctic Ice Melt - New study of DNA suggests generations of bears are moving towards areas with more persistent year-round sea ice
  22. Polar Bear Migration in a Changing Climate - Changes to the timing of migration have resulted in polar bears spending progressively longer periods of time on land without access to sea ice and their marine mammal prey
  23. Sleeping It Off - how animals use hibernation, and other cold-weather survival strategies, to stay alive
  24. Top Ten Coolest Hibernating Animals - These animals choose to stay asleep all winter!
  25. Ultimate Quick Guide to How Animals Survive Winter - from the roaming naturalist
  26. What Do Animals Do In Winter? - It's cold outside! How do animals survive
  27. Why Animals Migrate - National Geographic learning activity designed for grades 5-8
  28. Why Do Animals Hibernate? - Hibernation is an adaptation that helps many animals conserve energy by remaining inactive, greatly slowing their metabolism and reducing their body temperature for days, weeks or even months at a time.
  29. Why Do Animals Migrate - Migration is nearly universal within the animal kingdom; in fact, even sponge and jellyfish larvae make use of that defining animal trait, mobility, to adapt to imperfect habitats.
  30. Why Migrate? - Migration plays an important part in the lives of animals: it is a successful way of adapting to seasonal change.

A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

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