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Educator Resource: Curriculum Module

Creature Features

What do animals and plants need to survive? How do certain adaptations support these needs? What might it look like if you could use these adaptations to design the "perfect" underground scientist?
Early Elementary
Time required
Minimum of seven 40-minute sessions

During this unit, students explore what animals and plants need to survive. They also closely examine how certain adaptations support these needs. For the culminating activity, students create a mashup that represents the adaptations they believe would be best suited for the success of a scientist working nearly one mile below the surface at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Note: students are encouraged to go outside to "explore" life in Lesson 2. Spring and Fall are likely to yield more observations of living things.

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