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Mimicry is a form of adaptation. In mimicry, one organism adapts to look like another. The harmless scarlet king snake, right, mimics the coloring and patterns of the deadly coral snake, on the left. Predators are less likely to attack the scarlet king snake, thinking that it is the type of snake that could possibly kill them.

Photograph by Robert Sisson

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People and Wildlife in India
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People and Wildlife in India

Idea Set: People & Wildlife in India 

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: adaptation, biodiversity, central asia, human geography, india, leopards, population density, snow leopards
Article
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Photo Ark: Southern Three-Banded Armadillo

It’s armored and can roll into a ball, but can it stand up to habitat destruction?

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: adaptation, near threatened species, photo ark, south america, southern three-banded armadillo
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Photo Ark: Island Oddballs

Animals adapted to island life struggle to survive

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: adaptation, birds, endangered species, invasive species, islands, kakapos, solenodons
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Photo Ark: American Flamingo

Learn more about the flamingo’s unique adaptations and why its wetland habitats are under threat

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: adaptation, birds, flamingos, habitats, wetlands
Sonoran Babies
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Sonoran Babies

Video. Animals thrive in the harsh desert climate.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, animals, arizona, baby animals, california, deserts, mexico, north america, wild chronicles
Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes: Birds of Paradise
Article
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Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes: Birds of Paradise

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: adaptation, biodiversity, birds-of-paradise, character education, ed scholes, evolution, geography, ng live, papua new guinea, photography, role models, student matinees, tim laman
Honey Ant Adaptations
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Honey Ant Adaptations

Bloated bellies of honey ants are storage vessels for the colony.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: adaptation, australia, deserts, eating, food, honey ants
School of Anthias
Article
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School of Anthias

It's a girls' school . . . until some of the girls become boys.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, anthias, hermaphrodites, sex
West African Lungfish
Article
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West African Lungfish

Meet the African lungfish, a prehistoric fish that travels through water and mud, and across land. Discover the unique adaptations that make survival possible for this fish.

  • Best for: Grades 4-10 (ages 9-16)
  • Concepts: adaptation, animals, behavioral adaptation, biological adaptation, breathing strategy, burrows, destination wild, seasons, west african lungfish
Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin
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Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

On February 12, 1809, Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: adaptation, charles darwin, england, environment, natural selection
Symbiotic Relationships in Marine Ecosystems
Lesson
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Symbiotic Relationships in Marine Ecosystems

Students analyze videos to make observations about species, populations, and communities of organisms and discuss their symbiotic relationships. Then they create a hypothetical marine ecosystem and describe the adaptive, trophic, and symbiotic relationships between the biotic and abiotic components ...

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
Antlers Make a Point
Article
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Antlers Make a Point

Like most deer, Roosevelt elk grow and shed their 18-kilogram (40-pound) antlers every year.

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: adaptation, anatomy, animal behavior, antlers, elk
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Article
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The Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Meet a predator from The Secret Life of Predators, the peacock mantis shrimp.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, claws, crustaceans, food web, habitats, hunting techniques, marine life, ocean, peacock mantis shrimp, predators, prey, shells, underwater
She’s a Catch!
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She’s a Catch!

Bizarre or beguiling? The weird, wonderful life of the anglerfish.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, anglerfish, biology, language, reproduction, sex
bioluminescence
Article
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bioluminescence

Bioluminescence is light emitted by living things through chemical reactions in their bodies.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, bioluminescence, camouflage, light, marine habitat
Adapting Under Pressure
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Adapting Under Pressure

Students investigate conditions in the deepest parts of the ocean, make inferences about ocean creatures based on their physical characteristics, and design creatures that could survive in the Mariana Trench.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: adaptation, deepsea challenge, hadalpelagic zone, mariana trench, ocean, pressure
Solving a CHALLENGEing Problem
Lesson
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Solving a CHALLENGEing Problem

Inspired by James Cameron’s historic DEEPSEA CHALLENGE dive, students will investigate pressure, biological adaptations, and the engineering process through hands-on activities.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: animal adaptations, biomimicry, buoyancy, deepsea challenge, density, engineering, mariana trench, ocean, ocean animals, pressure
Paul Nicklen: Emperors of the Ice
Article
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Paul Nicklen: Emperors of the Ice

Video. National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen photographs emperor penguins in action, and risks being mistaken for his subjects by some very hungry predators.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, animals, antarctica, emperor penguins, leopard seals, marine biology, micro-bubbles, ng live, ocean, ocean animals, paul nicklen, penguins, photography
Funnel-web Fangs
Article
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Funnel-web Fangs

An Australian spider sinks its chelicerae in.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: australia, fangs, funnel-web spiders, spiders, venom
Surviving Climate Change
Article
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Surviving Climate Change

Watch this brief, video picture of practice that captures everyday classroom life and provides real-life examples of how students learn and think about climate change topics.

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: adaptation, animal species, climate, climate change, environmental literacy, plant species
Heritable Behaviors
Article
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Heritable Behaviors

Students explore their own heritable behaviors and watch videos of the birds-of-paradise practicing and performing courtship displays.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: adaptation, behavior, behavioral adaptation, biodiversity, birds, birds-of-paradise, evolutionary biology, genetics, heritability, reproduction, speciation
Birds-of-Paradise Project
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Birds-of-Paradise Project

Find what few have witnessed in the wild: the displays of color, sound, and motion that make the birds-of-paradise so remarkable. Then delve deeper, examining the principles that guided their evolution and the epic adventure it took to bring you all 39 species.

  • Best for: Grades K+ (ages 5+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, biogeography, birds, birds-of-paradise, ed scholes, evolution, evolutionary biology, exploration, explorers, natural selection, new guinea, sexual selection, speciation, tim laman
Sexual Selection
Article
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Sexual Selection

Through videos and sorting exercises, this lesson delves into the fascinating process and products of sexual selection: the process by which traits become more or less common depending on an individual’s ability to mate with more or better partners.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: adaptation, birds, birds-of-paradise, evolution, evolutionary biology, natural selection, reproduction, sexual selection
Octopus
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Octopus

Photograph: An octopus swims while changing color.

  • Concepts: adaptation, animals, camouflage, carnivores, invertebrates, mollusks, ocean, ocean animals, octopus
Tim Laman & Ed Scholes: Birds of Paradise
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Tim Laman & Ed Scholes: Birds of Paradise

It took countless hours high in the treetops for photographer Tim Laman and Cornell University ornithologist Ed Scholes to record the secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics of these stunning birds.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, birds, birds-of-paradise, courtship, evolution, new guinea, ornithology, photography, reproduction, survival