Introduce physical and behavioral adaptations with this fun, hands on lesson! With this resource, your students will be introduced to the concept of adaptations, and then they will dive into an interesting case study on the mangrove forest ecosystem as they examine the unique adaptations of the species who call this ecosystem home.
This lesson, although intended as a part of an NGSS Storyline on mangrove forests, can be used as a standalone lesson on the following topics:
In this lesson, students will examine the unique physical and behavioral adaptations of different species in the mangrove forest, as well as mangrove trees themselves, through a couple of activities.
Using the provided Google Slides presentation and the student activity sheet, teachers will introduce adaptations. Then, students complete a short reading on the adaptations of mangroves and discuss. Definitions for physical and behavioral adaptations are also introduced at this time.
Students will be given either paper or digital cards in which they will match the species with its description. An answer key is provided, which alternatively can be given directly to students in order to save time. Through their study of the cards, students will learn about the adaptations of the species that call the mangroves home, while also building a foundational knowledge of the food webs of the mangrove ecosystem, which will serve them in future lessons.
This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It comprehensively covers the topics mentioned, and provides opportunities for student responses which can be implemented in a whole group lesson or assigned for homework.
This lesson is a part of a NGSS storyline unit that addresses the question: What would happen if mangrove forests disappeared?
This resource was originally designed to be used to support the conservation and restoration efforts of the UAE’s rich mangrove forest ecosystems. It has since been modified for use around the world. As a result, two versions of this lesson are provided: one specific to the UAE and one general.
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NGSS STANDARDS COVERED BY THIS MANGROVE FOREST ADAPTATIONS :