Animal Traits and a Changing Environment

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Published on January 16, 2022 by

In this video, Ranger Olivia is going to teach about animal traits and how environmental change can affect them.

Environment affects animal behavior by changing the availability of survival resources like food & shelter, as well as situational things like proximity to human activity. Sometimes the same species of animal will behave completely differently in a forest environment compared to an urban environment.

Environmental factors influence traits in plants and animals. These traits include things like weight, height, size, and color. If a child does not get proper nutrition, their height may be stunted as an adult.

This video satisfies the 3-LS3-1 and 3-LS3-2 requirements for third-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

3-LS3-2. Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.

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