BEETLES Structures and Behaviors

  • March 05, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Visitor Center, 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park
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BEETLES Structures and Behaviors


Observing an organism can be a rewarding learning experience that helps students develop a meaningful relationship with the natural world. Students often engage more deeply in observing an organism if they’re given some sort of task to focus their observations. In this activity, pairs of students find an organism, then observe and record its structures and behaviors. Students apply the lens of adaptations as they come up with explanations for how their organisms’ structures and behaviors might help it survive in its habitat. In a group discussion, students consider the relationship between organisms’ structures and possible functions, which is a useful science thinking tool that can help them to better understand the natural world. This activity helps students develop a definition of adaptation that includes both behavioral and structural adaptations (adaptations are inheritable structures or behaviors that help a population of organisms survive in their habitat), and gives students the experience applying that definition to an organism in the local ecosystem.


Check-in begins at 8:30 and the program begins at 9:00. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

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Directions to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

10360 West River Road

Brooklyn Park, MN 55444


TRAINING PARTNERS: Three Rivers Park District - Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park


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