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This week’s X-Press NiE page Animal Adaptations, is about how animals have developed certain characteristics to help them survive in their particular environments and fend off enemies. The page focuses on physical adaptations and to a lesser extent, behavioural adaptations. We look at the native lesser short-tailed bat as an example to illustrate the concepts covered.
Adaptations – what are they and how they help animals to survive
Physical adaptations – body parts and body coverings
Native New Zealand animals – many of our animals developed some unusual characteristics
Lesser short-tailed bat – an example of one of our unusual native animals
A vocabulary matching activity – students match words used on the NiE page with the correct meanings
How many adaptations can you see – students look at the pictures provided and identify as many different adaptations they can see. You can use this activity on a Smartboard as a whole class activity.
Bird beaks and claws – students do some research to find birds that have the types of beaks and claws described
Design your own animal – students draw a habitat, design their own animal and then explain how their adaptations help them to survive in the habitat
Encourage your students to use the Front Page Builder activity accessible from the home page. They do not need to register on the website.
Page Theme Quiz – new each week
Front Page Builder – an interactive front page builder where students use supplied current news pictures and captions to make their own front page.
Ka kite ano
The APN NiE team