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By Susan Glass

This ebook explains how species have tailored to their setting over the years for you to survive.

summary: This booklet explains how species have tailored to their atmosphere through the years to be able to live to tell the tale

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The spines on a cactus are actually modified leaves that discourage animals from eating the plant. On some cactuses, these spines may also help it endure dry desert conditions by collecting morning dew. Plant Carnivores Some plants can’t get the nutrients they need from the land, so they have adapted to eat meat (bugs). The Venus flytrap has leaves that snap shut when an insect lands on them. Venus flytrap Then the plant digests the bug to get the nutrients it needs. The pitcher plant has pitcher-shaped leaves filled with liquid.

When weather conditions are right, they make extra food and take in extra water. Some plants store the extra supplies in their roots, and others store it in their stems. Sugarcane is sweet because of the stored food (sugar) in its stems. Sugar beets are roots that hold stored sugar for the beet plants. When you eat sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, carrots, or potatoes, you are eating the food a plant was saving in its roots for itself. 30 The leaves of plants are also the result of adaptation. Some are huge.

Use a small potato, stick pins or glue, and a variety of materials, such as dried beans, seeds, feathers, leaves, and straw. ” It might be outside in a tree or in the grass or indoors on a rug or on your bed. Decorate your potato with materials that will help it blend in to its environment. For example, if you want it to blend in with your blue bedspread, then you might cover it with blue feathers, beads, or buttons. Share your camouflaged creature with your class, and show or describe the environment it’s adapted to.

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