How animals and plants adapt to their environment micro-lesson
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Animals adapt when their natural habitat changes. Seasonal changes can cause extreme weather conditions, which means animals need to adapt in order to survive. The Arctic hare has brown fur, which changes to white in the winter, this enables it to camouflage and hide from any predators. The Arctic hare’s fur also grows longer and thicker to keep its body warm, whilst its nails grow thicker and stronger to enable it to dig deep in the snow looking for food. The Porcupine has long, thick quills that mean that it can protect itself when it meets other animals in the wild. It is also a great tree climber because of its thick paw pads. Humans can also adapt to changes. Have a think about whenever you have a bath or swim, what happens to your fingers? That's right, they get wrinkled. That is your body adapting to the change in your environment, making it easier to grip onto anything at the side, even water.
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Why must animals adapt?1) Animals must adapt when their natural habitat changes. Seasonal changes can make it difficult for animals to survive, as a result of extreme weather changes so they must adapt.2) Animals need to adapt so they can search for food.3) Animals want to change what they look like to feel nice.4) Animals change their appearance so that they can find a mate to reproduce.
How does the arctic hare adapt to its environment?1) Its fur changes colour from brown to white and grows thicker and longer.2) By migrating to warmer climates during winter3) By burrowing underground to escape the cold4) By hibernating for long periods of time.
How does a porcupine adapt to its environment?1) It has long thick quills and thick paw pads.2) It has a strong shell to protect itself.3) It has strong legs for climbing.4) It can change color to blend in.
Which of the following is an example of how a human adapts to its environment.1) When humans go swimming in water their fingers will wrinkle to support their grip.2) Turning into a cat when you're scared3) Growing taller when you eat your vegetables4) Breathing faster when you run
True or False - A porcupine is good at climbing trees because of it thick paw pads?1) TRUE2) FALSE
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