Quick summary: Students investigate the difference between acclimation and adaptation. They begin by brainstorming definitions as a class, then work in pairs to classify a range of statements as being either examples of acclimation or adaptation. Still working in pairs they will then find their own examples of acclimation and adaptation and create an infographic to describe the difference visually. Based on feedback provided by their peers, students will make suggestions about how to complete their infographics. Finally students will create their own definitions for the terms acclimation and adaptation.
- Students understand what ‘adaptation’ means when applied to biology and evolution.
- Students understand what ‘acclimation’ means when applied to biology and evolution.
- Students are able to differentiate between ‘adaptation’ and ‘acclimation’.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 10 Science
- The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-9WS, SC5-14LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 10 Science achievement standards: Students explain the processes that underpin heredity and evolution.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion and oversee activity.
Resources required: Natural selection factsheet, Speciation factsheet, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, infographic creation, e.g. Piktochart (DIY infographic creation).
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension or homework.
Keywords: Adaptation, acclimation, evolution.
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