Rio (2011)

Concept featured in clip:Natural Habitat/Food Chain/Adaptations
Location of clip: 34:12-36:51 (DVD)

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Summary of clip: Blu is a blue macaw that has been raised in captivity and has never learned to fly. Exotic bird smugglers have chained Blu to a female blue macaw named Jewel who has been raised in the wild. After escaping the smugglers, the nervous Blu and confident Jewel are walking through the rain forest of Rio looking for shelter for the night. Blu learns from Jewel that this is their species’ natural place to live and they protect themselves from predators by flying high in the treetops.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip introduces the habitat of the blue macaw. It also shows a quick food chain example of a lightening bug eaten by a frog, and then gets eaten by a snake. Different species have adaptations that allow them to survive with other species in the same ecosystem. A bird’s ability to fly allows them to escape predation from other animals.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Determine the four components needed in a habitat to support life: food, water, shelter, and space. What happens when one component is missing?

2. Have students choose a habitat to study and report its physical appearance, the plants and animals that live there, and the geographic locations.

3. Make cards with different adaptations-bright colors, feathers, beak size, camouflage and have students research a plant or animal with that adaptation.

4. Give students an animal or plant and a special event that occurs to change their habitat. Have students create an adaptation that could help their plant or animal to survive in new environment.