Tuesday 19th May- 4W Science: Living things and their habitats

Hello year 4! Today in science we will make progress by considering living things and how they ADAPT to the habitats they live in. We will also think about the effects of changes to these habitats and the effect this can have on animal and plant life.

BRONZE: First watch the video and read the information about the arctic fox. How do you think this animal has adapted to the arctic environment?

How the arctic fox hunts for food. What adaptations do you notice on it’s body?

Now write a short paragraph explaining how the arctic fox has adapted to survive in it’s natural habitat.
I would like the following children to use the template below to write their paragraph: Absi, Qasim, Muhammad, Ayomide, Abdirahman, Abubaker, Archi and Bijan.

Everybody else: Please use the video, text and key words box to help you with your paragraph.

Key words: camouflage, survive, reduce heat loss, thick fur, footpads, midwinter, minus 50 degrees, sensitive hearing

SILVER: Here is some information about deserts and rainforests and the animals that live there.
1) Choose 1 animal from one of these habitats to draw. Then label the animal with adaptations it has made to survive in it’s environment.
2) Lots of animals depend on eating small insects that burrow in the desert sand. Imagine that climate change caused these species of insects to die out. What impact do you think this would have on other animals in the food chain?
3) How do you think deforestation would affect the animals of the rainforest ecosystem?

GOLD: Watch the video about BIODIVERSITY and answer the 4 questions below.

1) What is biodiversity?
2) Match each example of biodiversity to the reason we need it to help us thrive: for example, a and 2.

3) Name three species of animal that are now endangered due to biodiversity loss.
4) What do you think we can do to save animals from extinction?

32 thoughts on “Tuesday 19th May- 4W Science: Living things and their habitats

  1. What is biodervirsty ?
    The varvity of a plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habit a high level of wich ideally considered to be important and disalble .

  2. Artic Fox
    These Fox species are known as a white fox. There habitat is the Artic were the weather is nice and cold. To keep warm,they have thick fur which is also used for camouflaging from predators. They have brown,pigment eyes and have poor eyesight. But,they have good hearing and smell. Their noses are wet and they have sharp teeth. They have small bodys and bushy tailed which are called a sweep. The tail keep them warm when they curl to sleep. They have short legs and injured paws.
    In the Artic barren wastes,young foxes like these travel 100 kilometres a day to search for food. Because they don’t have spades like us,they use their damaged hand to dig the ground for scraps of food and they scavenge from others. They barely eat food and they are very meagre. In the winter they can not survive because of snow storms. Near midwinter,the temperature drops to minus 50 degrees Celsius and the snow rises and it is so deep it is nearly impossible to hunt. But because he can hear so good,he can hear sounds in the snow. So the hunt starts. The fox leans down,gets ready,springs into the air and lands head first in the snow. So he sits and digs but because you can’t see your prey it is impossible to find. A few times he tries. The more deeper,the more harder. The more shallower,the more painful. Ow!
    After hours of searching,the creature uses his pointy claws and digs the ground. Hurray! He has finally found a frozen Flemming. If he finds more every couple of days,he can survive until next spring.
    And that is the life of the brave Artic Fox.
    I have done this on paper and I will send it to.
    1) Biodiversity is all the life on planet Earth.
    2)1. We need towering forests to block carbon and keep climate stable.
    2. We need millions of pollinators,billions of soil organisms and megatons of planktons to keep the food we eat in supply.
    3. We need strange plants deep in the jungle to make our medicines.
    4. We need Coral reefs and mangrove swamps to protect coasts we depend upon.
    3) 3 endangered species are pandas,black rhinos and orangutans.
    4)I think,to stop our animals going extinct,we have got to stop chopping trees,stop polluting air and water and stop fishing every blue fin we see.

  3. Arctic foxes are perfectly adapted to live in the midwinter.
    Arctic foxes have very thick fur to survive in minus 50 degrees.
    Their fur is white to help them camouflage against the snow and it protects them from their predators.
    Their foorpads are thickly furred to

  4. Bronze:
    Artic Fox:
    Artic foxes are adapted to survive in cold places because that is there natrual habitat.They have white fur to camouflage themselves against the snow.This protects them from predators and helps them sneak and catch lemmings and other small animals before thy are seen! Artic foxes have many other adaptions to help them survive in the cold! They have small noses and small ears to reduce heat loss. Their thick fur and thickly furred foot pads to help them keep warm!

    1)I have drawn a Toucan from the Rainforest and labelled it too!

    2)I think the impact it would have on the animals that live in the desert would be extremely bad because lots of animals eat insects and if all the insects die because of the climate the animals would die because that is what they eat.

    3)Deforestation would affect the animals living in the rainforest because there are lots of trees in a rainforest if there are lots of wild fires that would kill the animals living there!

    1)Bio diversity is a measure of a variety of living things and organisms.
    Towering Forests-to lock away carbon and keep the climate stable.

    Strange plants deep in jungle-to create medicne.

    Millions of pollinotors,billions of soil organisims and megatons of planktons-to keep the food we eat in supply.

    Coral reef and mangrove swamps-to protect the coast we depend upon.


  5. biodiversitY
    the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable

  6. Bronze
    Arctic foxes can adapt to their habitat by sniffing for food in the snow. Their fur is a snowy white colour that is perfect for them to camouflage in. While looking for food they have very sensitive hearing that can be helpful for looking for food underground.
    Their footpads are thick furred because of maintaining body heat.
    They have small eyes and ears to reduce heat loss and save body heat.
    Toucans adapt in the rainforests. Toucans live on trees to make it easier to find prey and get a birds-eye view of the forests. There prey is either small animals or insects. Also, toucans have big and colourful beaks to open hard shells and fruits.

    They would suffer from no food because prey is no longer alive and is extinct.

    The birds and other animals that live on trees would no longer have a home because of deforestation

    • Good Iqra, make sure you draw the animal you have chosen and label it with adaptations and send it via email please. How do you think we could help to prevent these animals becoming extinct?

  7. GOLD

    Biodiversity is the main animal life habits.

    A matches with 2.
    B matches with 3.
    C matches with 4.
    D matches with 1.

    Orang-utans, Tigers and Lions.

    Arctic foxes searched food in random places in the Arctic because food were left behind in the middle of nowhere . Arctic foxes also had to search for hours because they were walking 100 kilometers just to find food ( because there is barely any food there). Did you know if they don’t eat or the rest of there lives and isn’t protected by anyone they could become extinct .
    1. A tiger’s adaption is the striped coat that helps them blend in when the sunlight is going into the top of the tree.
    2. If other animals that don’t eat small insects but they had to since they don’t have anything else we would lose lots of animals in the world and they could become extinct .
    3. Deforastation can affect animals and humans to if they take of trees because trees give us oxygen.
    Biodivisity is a term of all living things
    1. a.2
    The 3 animals that I know that are endangered are tigers, sea turtles and gorillas

    • Good Adeena. Just check all of your information is accurate- I’m not sure this is right “Arctic foxes searched food in random places in the Arctic because food were left behind in the middle of nowhere”
      What does David Attenborough say the fox is hunting in the clip? What other adaptations does it have to help it hunt?

  9. Gold

    1. Biodiversity is all life on earth

    2. A and 2, B and 3, C and 4, D and 1.

    3. The three species of animal that are now endangered due to biodiversity loss are Lions, flying insects and bluefin tuna.

    4. To save animals from extinction, we can reduce pollution, stop poaching, leave the wildlife the wear it is.

  10. an arctic fox can survive in the winter because it was born there and the Furr keeps it nice and warm so if … nothing happens to it it will be warm

    • Please watch the video and read the text again Safya. Use the key words I put to help you. There is lots of detailed information to include.

  11. It has adapted to its habitat by being able to camouflage because of it’s white fur.the arctic 🥶 fox 🦊 also has small ears and nose to reduce heat loss
    My mum will soon send it
    The other animals would be starving and could die
    Because animals that live in trees wouldn’t have a home and they would have nothing to eat because they mostly eat fruits
    Biodiversity is a term of all living things
    1 a,2
    Lions 🦁,blue fin tuna,flying insects
    We could stop deforestation

  12. Bronze
    A arctic fox can survive in winter, the white fur they have makes them feel warm and keeps them safe or when they try and eat they won’t see that it is a fox .When it very snowy they have to dig for some food still spring .
    If they don’t have enough food they will die .

  13. SILVER
    1) I will email it to you.
    2) I think. Animals will either die out or they will adapt to a new habitats.
    3) animals with out a habit could die giving Predators the advantage
    if they eat all the animals and they will be extinct

  14. Silver on email

    1 biodiversity means animals survival
    A to 2
    B to 3
    C to 4
    D to 1
    3 Tuna, panda and orangutan are now endangered due to the biodiversity.
    4 I think the things you can do to save the animals are, by doing the opposite of what is destroying the biodiversity like stopping deforestation and not throwing bags Into the ocean.

  15. Bronze
    A arctic fox can survive in winter, the white fur they have makes them feel warm and keeps them safe or when they try and eat they won’t see that it is a fox .When it very snowy they have to dig for some food still spring .
    If they don’t have enough food they will die .

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