Science Worksheets and Study Guides Fifth Grade. Animal Diversity and Adaptations

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Kentucky Standards

KY.PS. Program of Studies 2006
SC-5-BC. Big Idea: Biological Change (Biological Science) - The only thing certain is that everything changes. Elementary students build a foundational knowledge of change by observing slow and fast changes caused by nature in their own environment, noting changes that humans and other organisms cause in their environment, and observing fossils found in or near their environment. (Academic Expectations 2.1, 2.2, 2.8)
SC-5-BC-S-2. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will investigate and describe adaptations of various organisms to their environments through observations as well as print and non-print based resources
SC-5-BC-S-3. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will Investigate ways that organisms cope with fluctuations (e.g. temperature, precipitation, change in food sources) in their environments
SC-5-BC-S-4. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will propose explanations regarding adaptations of populations to environments citing evidence/data to support conclusions
SC-5-BC-S-5. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will compare procedures used (e.g., experiments, investigative and non-investigative research, observations) to find information/collect data about the diversity of organisms that exist or have existed on Earth
SC-5-UD. Big Idea: Unity and Diversity (Biological Science) - All matter is comprised of the same basic elements, goes through the same kinds of energy transformations, and uses the same kinds of forces to move. Living organisms are no exception. Elementary students begin to observe the macroscopic features of organisms in order to make comparisons and classifications based upon likenesses and differences. Looking for patterns in the appearance and behavior of an organism leads to the notion that offspring are much like the parents, but not exactly alike. Emphasis at every level should be placed upon the understanding that while every living thing is composed of similar small constituents that combine in predictable ways, it is the subtle variations within these small building blocks that account for both the likenesses and differences in form and function that create the diversity of life. (Academic Expectations 2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
SC-5-UD-S-2. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will identify and describe systems and subsystems essential to an organism's survival
SC-5-UD-U-1. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that animals and plants have a great variety of body plans and internal structures that contribute to their being able to meet their needs.