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Project WILD Activities

Cover-Beach Tidings

Beach activities from WILD

Adaptation Artistry (PW) -
Students design and create imaginary birds and write reports including descriptions of the birds’ adaptations. Upon completion students identify and describe the advantages of bird adaptations and evaluate the importance of adaptations to birds. Requires drawing paper, painting, clay sculpture or papier-mâché’ materials; construction paper and glue; and pencil and paper.
Surprise Terrarium (PW) –
Students observe a live animal that uses camouflage techniques. Upon completion students identify camouflage as an example of adaptation in an animal; and describe the importance of adaptation to animals. Requires terrarium with vegetation and one animal suited to the kind of habitat components represented in the terrarium (the animal should be one that uses camouflage as a form of adaptation to survive; e.g. leaf hopper, tree frog, tree lizard, walking stick.
The Edge of Home (AW) –
Students explore the concept of ecotones by visiting places where habitats overlap. Upon completion students identify the characteristics of ecotones, or transitional zones, between two wildlife habitats. Requires pencils; paper; long rope or string for marking intervals in one-foot segments; and clipboards.
Turtle Hurdles (AW) –
Students become sea turtles and limiting factors in a highly active simulation game. Upon completion students describe the life cycle of seas turtles; identify species mortality factors related to sea turtles; make inferences about the effects of limiting factors on sea turtle populations; and make recommendations to minimize the factors that might lead to the extinction of sea turtles. Requires rope or string; tow jump ropes or hula hoops; one plastic bag per student; identification cards; wooden clothes pins; poker chips; and dried beans.

PW=Project WILD
AW=Project WILD Aquatic