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Aquatic Adventures: Eat Like A Whale

This activity will take you on adventure to the open ocean, where you will meet whales of two kinds! Study and act out how they get a meal on the go in the waves! Learn some great new marine vocabulary and use household items to conduct an experiment with mimicking adaptations!

Topic: Adaptations and Feeding Strategies
Grade Level: Best suited for 3rd-6th grade; activity adaptable for all ages

Next Generation Science Standards:

1)   1-LS1-1: Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

LS1.A: Structure and Function
All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.

2)    3-LS4-3: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

LS4.C: Adaptation
For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

3)    4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

LS1.A: Structure and Function
Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

Lesson Guide & Worksheet available HERE.
Aquatic Adventure Video available here and below.