Explore how adaptations evolved through natural selection on a range of animals. Pupils will handle animal specimens, including a sawfish snout, arctic fox fur and elephant tooth, as well as replicas from our collections to investigate and draw their own conclusions.

Level: S1-S3 and National Qualification Biology
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 75 minutes starting at either 10:15/11:45/13:15
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: August – June, subject to availability
Booking: Complete our online booking request form

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Split your class into four groups. Maximum capacity 30 pupils.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

S1–S3 pupils will explore how adaptations evolved through natural selection on a range of animals. Pupils will handle animal specimens, including a sawfish snout, arctic fox fur and elephant tooth, as well as replicas from our collections to investigate and draw their own conclusions.

Pupils working at National Qualification level will explore the habitats and adaptations of animals in our Animal World gallery, before handling real animal specimens. Pupils will then be presented with different scenarios, based on island case studies, and will have to determine if animals will adapt to survive or become extinct and the consequences of this on their eco-system. 

Bringing more than 30 pupils? We can deliver up to three workshops in one day, with an Animal Adaptations trail sheet available for groups to use for a self-led activity around our Natural World galleries.

Follow up activities

  • Visit our Animal galleries on Levels 1, 3 and 5
  • Visit the Beginnings gallery on Level -1 to discover the origins and evolution of Scotland’s landscapes and natural world.

Curriculum links

 

Third

Fourth

Science

 

I can sample and identify living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and can suggest reasons for their distribution.

SCN 3-01a

I understand how animal and plant species depend on each other and how living things are adapted for survival. I can predict the impact of population growth and natural hazards on biodiversity.

SCN 4-01a

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