A Web Quest for 4th
bears hibernate in the winter? How can polar bears stay warm in the
cold Arctic air? Some animals have long legs since they travel great
distances across the savannah, while other animals might have humps to
store water as they track across the desert. Today, we are going to
explore the behaviors and body structures of a variety of animals,
which are influenced by their habitats. I want you to
use this web quest to discover the needs, mentioned above, that would
help these animals.
Earth supports many different habitats, each of which has distinct features and distinct animal populations. Animals are adapted to these conditions in which they live. Each team will produce a report on their assigned habitat including the following information:
Exploring Animals' Behaviors and Body Structures:
1. You'll be assigned to a team of four students to explore the various habitats provided.
3. You will be exploring your assigned habitat to gain a more in-depth understanding of the behaviors and body structures of the animals that live in that particular habitat.
4. Your team should record your findings since you will display them for your fellow classmates' observation.
5. Here are some ideas to consider when exploring your assigned habitat:
a. Grasslands: Research the speeds of the animals that live there.
b. Temperate forest: many trees grow there. Explain how animals that live there depend on those trees.
c. Tropical rain forest: Keep the three main levels of the rain forest in mind and find an animal for each level
d. Polar: research both the polar bear (North) and the penguin (South Pole).
6. Questions to consider when researching the animals' behaviors:
a. How did your animal acquire each behavior?
b. Which of your animal's behaviors are learned and which are instinctual?
c. Are any of your animal's behaviors linked to the environment or climate in which it is found?
d. Do the animal's body structures help it in any way?
e. Can animal's instincts and learned behaviors be related to its environment? Think about this: In order to survive, a polar bear instinctively goes into "winter sleep" to conserve its energy when it has gone about two weeks without food, which can be scarce in the Arctic. Think about other behavior, such as migration, hibernation, and primate grooming.
7. Your group should prepare a report from your findings with the name of the animals, descriptions of the various animals' behaviors and body structures, and pictures of the animals.
8. From the list you have created about each animals' behaviors. Decide if these are behavioral or physical. A polar bear's thick fur, which protects it from the cold, is an examples of a physical adaptation. A lizard that "plays dead" to avoid predators is displaying a behavioral adaptation by displaying a chart like this one in your report. You should use Microsoft Excel to make this table and insert it into your report.
9. For each group, the class will decide if they were right in their decision on the basis of the animals' behaviors and body structures, whether that particular animal truely belongs in that habitat the group assigned it.
You will be evaluated upon the
completion of the report, which should include all aspects meaning a
physical description of the habitat, examples of the habitat
(geographical locations), examples and pictures of animals that live in
the habitat, and discuss how the animals in the assigned habitat are
adapted for life there through either physical or behavioral
adaptations, and presentation. Also, the report will be a common grade
for the entire group and must record all resources/web sites that were
Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score
should have gained an understanding of how to use the Internet, when
researching a topic like animal behaviors and body structures in
various habitats. You also should have learned about other habitats
that they were researched by your classmates. You should have learned
how to use technology to benefit and help you when researching and
documenting your work. When researching future subjects, you can use Google Search and http://www.ask.com as search engines in
order to find an abundant array of web sites.