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Change Is Good!

When it is hot outside, we put on shorts and sandals. During the winter, we wear our boots and coats. Why? When we change or adjust to a new environment, we are adapting.

Adaptations also help plants and animals survive in a particular environment. For example, some animals live in very hot, dry climates by staying in shaded burrows during the day and hunting for food at night. They adapt to their environment.

In Utah we live around many different plants and animals that adapt to help them survive in their environment. The next activity helps you see the different adaptations plants and animals in Utah make.

Do it!

  1. Take an 8 1⁄2 X 11 piece of paper and fold it in half hamburger style.
  2. Now fold it into thirds.
  3. Unfold the paper. (You should have 3 boxes on top and 3 on bottom. )
  4. At the top of each box, write the name of a plant or animal and the biome it lives in.
  5. Below the name and biome, make a list of as many adaptations the animal or plant makes in order to survive in its environment. (You can use the Internet or an encyclopedia.)
LIzard - Desert Deer - Forest Duck - Wetland







Cactus - Desert Pine Tree - Forest Cattail - Wetland








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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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