Second grade gardeners in Room 6 spent time on Earth Day playing environmental education games about the adaptations of plants and animals. First they observed animals and plants in the garden and speculated about their adaptations — aspects of their make-up and behavior that help them survive in a particular habitat. Then they learned how ants use their antennae and pheromones to tell the difference between enemy ants and friendly ants. One child was blindfolded and was given a friend scent and an enemy scent. He then followed his nose in a circle of students to see which ones smelled like enemies and which like friends.
Then students had a scavenger hunt in the grass to see how fast they could find camouflaged toothpicks versus brightly colored toothpicks (green versus red and yellow), a demonstration of what an effective adaptation color can be in survival.