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In this lesson, students define the meaning of structural adaptation as it relates to plants and how they survive in their environment. Students will:

  • identify the adaptations that help plants survive in various climates and environments.

  • gain understanding of the differences in the functions of structural adaptation as it relates to plants.

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  • How does the variation among individuals affect their survival?

  • How do the structures and functions of living things allow them to meet their needs?


  • Seed: The small part of a flowering plant that is capable of growing into a new plant.

  • Stem: The main axis of a plant, usually above ground, from which branches, leaves, flowers, or fruits may arise.

  • Pistil: The portion of a flower where seeds grow. It is the female part of a flower.

  • Stamen: The part of the flower that reproduces.

  • Classification: Grouping or classifying organisms into categories.


90 minutes/2 class periods

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