This resource contains five informational reading passages about animal adaptations. It was made for the NGSS 3-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics. It covers the following animals in the following ecosystems:
Collared Lizard – desert
Clownfish – ocean
Arctic Fox – arctic tundra
Blue Heron – wetlands
Yellow Jacket – temperate forest
The passages were written with third graders in mind, but the information is very interesting and complex and would be useful for upper grades as well. Even I learned things while researching the adaptations!
There is a tips sheet for teachers and two recording sheets (differentiated) for students on which they can note the adaptations that their given animal has in order to survive in its ecosystem.
Sarah & Moe –
A review from Catherine on TpT:
“Great resource to reinforce adaptations but also a wonderful resource to teach about informational text!”