Explore Animal Adaptations
In this video, you will be guided to make observations of three different animals and their adaptations for survival. Even the youngest learners will gain confidence in their ability to identify the adaptations of the three featured animals — right whale, clouded leopard, and barred owl — and to predict what habitat each animal lives in based on those adaptations.
This video is designed for students in grades K to 2. After watching this video you will be able to:
- Identify physical adaptations of the right whale, clouded leopard, and barred owl
- Infer an animal's habitat based on its adaptations
- Recall how the featured animals’ adaptations help them survive in their environment
This video complements the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s school program for grades K to 2, Animal Adaptations. Learn more about this and other free school programs and resources for students by visiting the School Programs page.
This video supports the following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
- K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
- Crosscutting Concept, Patterns: Patterns in the natural and human designed worked can be observed and used as evidence (K-LS1-1)
Structure, Function, and Information Processing
- Crosscutting Concept, Patterns: Patterns in the natural and human designed worked can be observed, used to described phenomena, and used as evidence (1-LS1-2)(1-LS3-1)
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
- 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
- Crosscutting Concept, Structure and Function – The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s). (2-LS2-2)