Grade 3 literacy in science: Animal adaptations

This Common Core-aligned unit of study directly connected to the New York City Science Scope and Sequence for 3rd grade (Unit 4). This unit of study requires students to read informational texts with a focus on demonstrating understanding of the physical and/or behavioral adaptations of four animals (rabbit, camel, polar bear, and chameleon). The performance task requires students write a narrative with at least three embedded animal adaptation facts that illustrate how the adaptations work to help the animal survive in its environment. Students summarize the relevant information from their texts throughout their narrative to show their understanding of animal adaptation. Additionally, they make use of grade-­appropriate, domain-­specific language.