Students think about the adaptations of animals and create a product for humans. Example: a glove that allows you to climb up walls. Children become industrial designers. They think of a problem and come up with a solution for a new product.
Next Generation Science Standard (First Grade): Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
Examples from NGSS:
turtle or acorn shell bicycle helmet, knee pads, backpack
animal tails and plant roots to stabilize a structure
plant thorns or porcupine quills to keep out intruders
exceptional eye sight or hearing to detect intruders
animal scales to protect from predators
rattle to warn predators
beak to crack nuts
blubber to keep warm
gills to breath under water
change color to hide or communicate