seen that the traits that can help an organism’s survival in
actually hinder, or hurt its chances someplace else.
In this activity choose one of the topic prompts below
or create one of your own. Each is about an organism out of its natural
environment. Your goal is to write and share with a younger child a creative
story about the trials and tribulations faced by an unhappy organism
with a younger
Be sure to include real facts about traits and environments.
Look creatively at the obvious problems your hero will face. Your objective
is to inform a younger student as well as entertain.
Remember to follow the steps of the writing process.
IDEAS: A healthy story has an energetic
beginning, a smooth middle, and a satisfying ending. How did your
organism come to be misplaced?
What is its name? How will he/she/it survive? How will it adapt?
Will it return home?
DRAFT: Get your ideas written down quickly. Don’t
worry about spelling or conventions yet.
REVISE: Look at your beginning sentence. Does it grab
your attention? Look at the ending. Will a younger student be satisfied
with the ending?
EDIT: Check your spelling and punctuation.
FINAL DRAFT: You may want to have your teacher, parent, or
older friend edit your story one more time before you do your final
PUBLISH: Create a book of your choice! Here is a sample
book in Adobe Acrobat Reader® format.
Topic prompts that you can write about….
- polar bear in Florida
- cactus living in a swamp
- porcupine being raised by kangaroos
- fish in love with a bird
- alligator in the arctic
- penguin in Phoenix, Arizona
- shark in a small pond
- elephant in Alaska
- camel in Canada
- pelican living on the prairie
- cockroach at the south pole
- gopher in a redwood tree
- seahorse in the Colorado River
- crustacean in Cairo, Egypt
- puppy in a pod of killer whales
- iguana in Siberia
is a great way for an animal to adapt
to its environment. Camouflage can protect an animal from predators or
help it sneak up on prey by making the animal blend into its environment.
The Camo Challenge!
Snakes are a great example of a species that uses camouflage
as an adaptation. Snakes such as rattlesnakes that live in the desert
have different colors and patterns than bright colored snakes that live
in tropical areas.
- Click here to
see just the snake in a new window in order to print it.
challenge is to secretly choose a spot in the classroom where
you would like to “hide” your snake
- Color and design your snake
so it will blend with
the hiding spot you have chosen. Note: you cannot hide
your snake underneath other objects. You may only use camouflage
to hide your snake.
- Cut out your snake.
- Each student in the class will
hide his or her snake. This will be done in two groups. Half
of the class will put their
heads down while the other students place their
- After you have placed your snake, have the students
who put their heads down search for snakes.
spending about 3-4 minutes searching for snakes, switch, giving
everyone a chance to hide and search for snakes.
Which snakes were the most difficult to find? What made
them so difficult to find?