How Does it
Help the Creature Survive?
Students explore fascinating close-up images of a part of a young monarch
and ponder how this structural adaptation helps the animal survive in its
Part 1: Laying the Groundwork
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The inquiry process begins when students experience a phenomenon that raises
- Show students
the image to the right. Without revealing what they are seeing, ask
* How would you describe what you see?
* What does it remind you of?
* What do you suppose it is?
reveal that this picture is actually a part of a young monarch magnified
180 times. It is an example of a physical adaptation: a part
of its body that helps it survive in its habitat.
Share this hint: A monarch has this body part only during the two
weeks the young monarch needs it.
Pose these challenge questions:
* What part of a monarch do you think this is?
* What do you think it does or helps the monarch do?
* What clues did you get from your observations?
* How might it help the monarch survive?
Take Another Look > >
a question about objects, organisms, or events. (K-4)
- Each plant
or animal has different structures that serve different functions in
growth, survival, reproduction. (K-4)
systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary
nature of structure and function. (5-8)
adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology
that enhance survival and reproductive success in a particular environment.