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Creature Features: Mammals   Tags: 7th grade, adaptations, habitats, mammals, research, science, taxonomy  

Last Updated: Mar 6, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Choose a mammal to research (must be approved by Ms. Allen)

Use the research sources linked on this libguide.             → → → → → → → →     

Research and Take Notes on NoodleTools.

Include information on all of the following (Notes Checklist):

  • Taxonomy
    Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species

    All mammals have the same 1st four levels of classification!
  • Domain: Eukarya
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia

            Scientific Name (genus, species)

  • Adaptations/ Evolutionary History
    - Identify your organism physical & behavioral adaptations and explain their functions (i.e. how does each adaptation promote the organism’s success in its environment?) size, weight, identifying characteristics.
    - Explain how your animal has evolved over time. What environmental factors have influenced your creature’s evolution?
    - What are some ancestors of your creature?
  • Habitat
    - Where does your animal live?

    - Does your animal migrate?
    - What aspects of this organism's anatomy, physiology, and behavior allow it to survive and thrive in its habitat?
    - What is it about where it lives that makes it need the adaptations?

  • Behavior - Interactions with other species
    - What are its primary prey species? Is your organism a generalist feeder or a specialist feeder? A carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore?
    - What are its primary predators?  With what other species does your organism compete for resources? 
    - Is there any information about other species that coexist with yours (e.g. cooperative or parasitic relationships)?

Create a infographic poster, a picture book or labelled diorama - displaying all of the information listed above.  (Graphic organizer)


  • Minimum 8 Noodletools notecards, with original and paraphrased text
  • At least 2 different sources, with NoodleTools citations
  • Completed infographic poster or picture book including all of the facts and at least 2 images (i.e., animal, map, habitat, other related species)
  • Due Monday February 6, 2017
  • Grading RubricsPoster & Book
  • Oral presentations to classmates will occur the following week in March

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