Learn about different animal adaptations while playing theater games.
Standards & Objectives
Fine Art Standards
I can play theater games, activities, or process drama techniques to experience and identify:
- Sensory Recall and Visualization
I can recognize and describe variation of traits in groups of similar organisms.
Teaching and Timeline
- In pairs, actors observe one another. The teacher says, “Notice everything you can about your partner. Look at their clothes, their hair, their eyes, and really observe the other person.”
- Next, ask all players to turn away from each other, back to back. Tell players that each person must change three things about him/herself. Players can remove jewelry, change their hair, take off shoes, etc.
- Next, have the players turn back toward each other and take turns noticing what has changed.
- Stand in a circle.
- Each player is assigned a physical trait (brown fur, claws, stripes, green eyes, blue feathers, fins etc.)
- The leader calls one of the physical traits and then those players must change places with another player who has that same trait. (example; all striped animals trade places).
- The caller in the middle also tries to steal an open spot, if they succeed the person left in the center is the new caller.
Adaptations Discussion Questions:
- Why do you think animals have adaptations?
- What is an adaptation that might help an animal to find food?
- What is an adaptation that might help an animal to protect itself?
- What is an adaptation that might help an animal to control its temperature?
- Students stand in a circle and one person is chosen to be the “shark.”
- The shark then chooses one person to “eat” and they must chomp 3 times.
- The person may save themselves by calling out the name of another player. The shark must then go “attack” the person who was named. If the player being “attacked” fails to say a name in time, they are the new “shark”.
- (To add in adaptations- you can give the shark more or less time to “eat” the minnows. Then you can discuss how rows of large teeth and swimming speed give the shark the advantage as a predator.)
Finding Food Discussion Questions:
- What would an adaptation be that would help an animal who eats plants and seeds?
- What would an adaptation be that would help an animal that eats meat?
Poison Dart Frog:
- Players stand in a circle.
- One player is chosen as the “Biologist” who stands in the middle of the circle.
- The Biologist closes their eyes and another player is chosen as the “poison dart frog”.
- The frog tries to secretly “poison” other players in the circle by sticking their tongue out at them without the biologist seeing them.
- Once a player has been “poisoned” they sit down.
- The biologist has three chances to guess who the frog is.
Protection Discussion Questions:
- What or who would an animal need to protect itself from?
- What is an external feature that might offer protection?
- What is an internal feature that might offer protection?
- What is a skill or ability that might offer protection?
Birds Have Feathers:
- Leader and all the others flap their arms like birds.
- Leader calls out names of something with feathers.
- If a player flaps his wings on a calling that doesn’t have feathers, he’s out. (Similar to Simon Says)
Temperature Control Discussion Questions:
- How do animals regulate their temperature?
- What kind of habitat would an animal with lots of thick fur live in?
- What habitat would a cold blooded animal live in?
- How do furry animals stay cool?
- How do cold blooded animals stay warm?