Step 1. Questions
All animals need food, water, and shelter. To meet these needs, most animals move from place to place. Some walk or run. Others hop, fly, slither, burrow, or swim.
Any trait that helps an animal survive is called an adaptation. Yaks and polar bears have thick hair to help them keep warm. Eagles and hawks have sharp claws to help them catch food. A toad's brown color helps it to blend into the background of its muddy home. Each of these traits is an adaptation.
Here are some questions about animal adaptations. Read them, and then research the answers.
- What are some other examples of adaptations?
- What special adaptations help animals live in the cold? In the water? At night?
- How do animal adaptations compare?
- What other questions do you have about animal adaptations?
Step 2. Research
Research answers for the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!