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5.10.A Compare The Structures & Functions Of Different Species That Help Them Live/Survive

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Grade 5
Science (2010)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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5.10.A: Organisms and Environments

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  • Q1
    Which two traits best help a cactus conserve water in the dry conditions of a West Texas desert ecosystem?
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    Large flowers and sweet fruit
    Sharp spines and waxy stems
    Waxy stems and large flowers
    Sweet fruit and sharp spines
    5.10.A: Organisms and Environments
  • Q2
    Eagles catch fish in rivers with their talons. They fly with the fish to a tree branch and tear the fish into small pieces. Which bird most likely catches and eats its food the way an eagle does?
    5.10.A: Organisms and Environments
  • Q3
    The ocotillo is a desert plant with long, straight branches. Its leaves are small and appear for only a short time after a rain. Most of the time, the branches of the ocotillo do not have leaves. Maple trees grow in areas where water is more abundant than in the desert. Maple leaves can be very large and are present for most months of the year. Ocotillo plants are better adapted for surviving in the desert than maple trees because the characteristics of ocotillo leaves —
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    prevent the plant from producing flowers
    encourage the release of carbon dioxide from the stems
    reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation
    allow more sunlight to reach the soil
    5.10.A: Organisms and Environments
  • Q4
    Most kangaroos have large, heavy tails, while spider monkeys have long, thin tails. Kangaroo tails are useful when the kangaroos are hopping and also when they are crawling around on the ground to feed. Spider monkey tails are useful when the spider monkeys are moving through trees. Both of these animals use their tails primarily for —
    grabbing and holding their food
    carrying their young
    supporting and balancing their body
    attracting the attention of other animals
    5.10.A: Organisms and Environments
  • Q5
    The whiskers of a river otter and the antennae of a cockroach are shown below. How do structures such as whiskers and antennae benefit organisms?
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    None of these
    They help the organisms detect their surroundings.
    They help the organisms eat food quickly.
    They help the organisms fight predators.
    5.10.A: Organisms and Environments

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