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This unit will help students recognize the many ways that plants and animals adapt to their environments. Students will explore how an organism s environment affects the way the organism looks, as well as identify challenges that organisms face both past and present. Students will also compare endangered or extinct animals with animals that are successful. In doing this, they will attempt to discern why certain animals thrive while others do not. In the performance assessments, students will be asked to create an animal with adaptations for a given environment and to adapt an extinct or endangered plant to its environment to ensure survival. Both of these tasks will require students to critically think about the different types of environments that exist, the different types of adaptations that can be useful, and to put those concepts together to create a new, successful organism.

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