Brandeis fourth-graders are learning about animal adaptation in Mrs. Weiss’s class. They used forceps and chopsticks to imitate thea ways animals pick up food in the while. Students predicted that forceps were a better adaptation for survival. Each student had one minute to try using each tool. After recording the information on a chart, their prediction proved correct.
Students also studied mimicry and showed how an animal with similar coloring can be mistaken for a poisonous or more dangerous animal. The nonpoisonous scarlet king snake mimics the coral snake by displaying the same colors in a different pattern. Students created their own model snakes by reusing wallpaper from old sample booklets.