Review: Windows on the Wild (WOW) is an environmental education program developed by the World Wildlife Fund. Its goal is to teach all ages about biodiversity issues and stimulate critical thinking, discussion, and informed decision making on behalf of the environment. A newsletter, workshops and several publications for middle school aged students and up are available. For more information visit http://www.worldwildlife.org/windows/windows.cfm
While you dont want to turn an interesting classroom discussion of adaptation into a lengthy session on dictionary definitions, it may be a help to have some background on this term and its complex meanings.
Ever since the publication of Charles Darwins studies on evolution, there has been great fascination in the ways through which plants and animals adapt to their environments in order to survive. A number of the articles in this issue explore ways in which we can introduce students to adaptation, change and survival.
Communities of plants and animals always include predators and prey. Predators have adaptations, enabling them to capture and eat their prey. In this activity these adaptations are referred to as Predator devices.