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Look at Animal Adaptations

In this worksheet, students will consider the ways animals have adapted to survive in different habitats, for example, fish have gills to breathe in water.

'Look at Animal Adaptations' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Evolution and Inheritance

Curriculum subtopic:   Adaptation

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Worksheet Overview

Animals come in a huge variety of colours, shapes and sizes!


a sumatran tiger                                       Chameleon                                                   a ladybird


These differences are for very special reasons. Animals have evolved to adapt to their habitat. 

Every organism is adapted to live in its habitat - it's designed for where it lives. This means that it will be able to feed, grow and reproduce.


Some animals are adapted to live in water, like the sea lion - it has a streamlined body and flippers to help it swim fast.


Sea lion


Some animals have adaptations which allow them to eat food that others cannot reach, like the hummingbird, which drinks nectar from the middle of flowers - its wings beat so fast it can hover in front of a flower, and even fly backwards! Its long beak helps it to reach into the flower for the nectar.




Some animals have evolved colours and patterns that allow them to blend into their habitat. The giant panda's black and white colouring blends into shaded bamboo forests and helps to camouflage it in China's snowy winters.


Giant panda


Right, let's have a look at how organisms are adapted to their habitats.


girl thinking

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