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Educator Guide: Weapons of the Wild: Weapons of the Wild

Weapons of the Wild

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Weapons of the Wild

Library Finds

Wacky Weapons of the Wild Facts

  • We all know that opossums play dead, but did you know that this is involuntary and they do this when consumed with fear? While they are unconscious they release an unpleasant odor that will scare away predators.
  • Some bats migrate south for the winter, while others hibernate through the cold winter months. During hibernation, bats can survive in freezing temperatures, even after being encased in ice.
  • Bears are not the only animals that hibernate! In late winter or early spring, you might find a wood frog that appears to be dead, but which is actually hibernating. Although their hearts stop beating and their blood freezes, once the weather warms up their blood unfreezes and their heartbeat resumes.
  • The Gila monster is one of only two venomous lizards in the world and can be found in parts of the Southwestern United States.

Essential Questions

  • What are adaptations?
  • What are some physical adaptations that living things use to survive?
  • What are some chemical adaptations that living things use to survive?
  • How do adaptations develop?


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Connections to Standards

Grade 3: Unit 2: Interdependence
Grade 4: Unit 1: The Structure and Function of Organisms
Grade 5: Unit 2: Matter and Energy in Ecosystems


Third Grade
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-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

Fourth Grade
4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Fifth Grade
5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants (producers), animals (consumers), decomposers, and the environment.