Rubrics for Lesson 9
Rubrics for Lesson 9
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Animals on Land
On earth the land animals seem strong
and independent, capable of movement, able to live in nearly
all environments, and of many diverse shapes and capabilities.
Are they indeed wild and free, or have they been as carefully
shaped by their surroundings as any work of art? The Inuit people
in Alaska say that "The sharp tooth of the wolf has sculpted
the slim legs of the deer." Think about your animals, and
how their needs have shaped them to survive in their environments.
Think about the benefits and costs of specialization. Are your
animals going to be able to eat the plants that you created last
Animals inherit behaviors that help
them to survive. Instinct is an innate, inherited behavior, for
example, nest building in birds. Other behaviors are related
to how the body functions, for example, how often an animal has
babies, and how many of them are born at a time. When you study
an ecological system, you see that there are always some members
of every kind of organism in the system. Ecologies can be destroyed
if there are too many of one kind, or if there are too few. As
you create your animals, give them characteristics that will
help them to survive.
Your group will work to
- discuss how your animals get out of the ocean. How do they
breathe? Cope with dehydration? Compensate for the loss of the
support of the water for their body weight? Reproduce? What do
- sketch your land animals and show the stages that they have
- decide which animals will live in the different climatic
zones. How do they adapt?
- write descriptions of your planet's land animals
- draw a diagram to show how the animal species are related
to each other
- each person creates three animals.
Homework: Bring to class next session:
- The written description of how your animals emerge onto the
land and cope with its challenges.
- Sketches of the stages of your animals' evolution
- Sketches and descriptions of your animals in their different
- A diagram showing how the animal species are related to each
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