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Adaptations

Investigating Adaptations

TermDefinition
Behavior the actions of an organism that help it survive in its environment; a behavior is a response to a stimulus; a behavior can be learned or instinctive
Environment all of the living and nonliving elements in a particular (geographic) area
Function what something is used for; purpose
Habitat the place where an organism lives; habitats supply the organism with food, shelter, moisture, and temperature for survival
Inherited (trait characteristic that is passed from parent to offspring
Movement how an animal gets from one place to another; run, hop, jump, crawl, fly, swim, etc
Protection the instinct in animals for self-preservation; a way to “fight back” and defend itself when threatened
Response something an organism does when it senses a stimulus
Structure a body part that does a certain “job” for an organism
Survive continue to live or exist
Physical characteristic / trait a characteristic that is physical in nature, such as mass, shape, size, color, volume, and physical state