What better way to celebrate the festive season than to consider the adaptations of Santa and Rudolf to their annual tasks?
Don’t answer that.
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I gave this exercise to my students today and they seemed to enjoy it. I asked them to start by giving me three serious adaptations for each, and we then continued along a more festive theme as we approached the end of the lesson. You could give hints or add arrows to get them started.
- Use of hat/clothes for warmth.
- Boots have soles adapted for ice and snow.
- Reins, sleigh and reindeer are more examples of tool use.
- Highly developed brain (assisted by written records) for naughty and nice lists.
- Strong arm/back muscles to carry heavy sack.
- Large belly acts as a camel’s hump allowing prolonged period of exertion.
- Use of GoogleMaps for navigation. (You could also demonstrate NorADSanta)
- Thick fur to cope with Arctic conditions.
- Wide hooves for moving on ice and snow.
- Herd behaviour.
- Streamlined shape for higher speed.
- Mutation allowing flight.
- Red nose – adaptation to allow easier navigation (without loss of night sight) or result of friction?
- Antlers could be sophisticated radar aerial.