Adaptationby: Page Keeley and Joyce Tugel

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students' ideas about biological adaptation. The probe is designed to find out if students think animals intentionally adapt to a change in their environment.

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  • on Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:00 PM

I found the article really useful to plan an adaptation lesson plan. Students need to know that adaptation is not intentional, but that it takes many years for an animal or living organism to genetically change its behavior and physical characteristics.


  • on Wed May 08, 2013 12:19 AM

This probe is an excellent way to help fight misconceptions about the difference between assimilation and adaptations. Students take time to understand this concept, especially 7th grade. Reassessing them as the teacher notes suggest frequently helps to see how their ideas "adapt" over time.

Shannon Baird  (San Diego, CA)
Shannon Baird (San Diego, CA)

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